Friday, January 27, 2012

Falling in love all over again ♥

"Hello, Tiffany! We've missed you!" Awe, I've missed you too :)

I'm referring to my characters here.

Over the past few months, I took a break from working on the second book in my series because I just couldn't focus on it. I had too many other things to do, and too many other ideas in my head. The best thing to do, I decided, would be to set aside writing altogether and focus on school.

In the past couple weeks, I've felt that familiar pull, the urge, the need to write. I started working on two of my other ideas, and loved where they were going, but my mind kept wandering back to my epic fantasy series.

Earlier this week, I finally gave in and opened up the daunting, huge document that needs a lot of work. The first book in the series ended on a cliffhanger, and I was torn between skipping ahead in time and starting right where it left off. I've spent so many hours on the first two pages that the words are almost permanently etched in my mind.

It wasn't a ton of fun--until I got past that. At the beginning of book one, you meet some amazing characters that I absolutely love, but then the MC gets separated from them. They appear occasionally throughout the rest of the novel, but the focus shifts to where she is and who she's living with at that particular moment.

At the beginning of the second book, she's going back to those characters, characters I haven't written about in what seems like ages. Just yesterday I wrote a new scene with one of my favorites--Gideon. I felt my heart start to flutter and that excited, almost nervous feeling in my stomach.

I fell in love with him all over again.

I didn't realize how much I missed him. The words seemed to flow effortlessly from my fingertips, something I hadn't felt when working on the opening scene. Something about this character just inspires me and drives me to continue writing all through the night. You could say Gideon's my muse.

Yes, a fictional character is my muse.

I think you should love your characters. You should miss them when the scenes your writing don't include them. You should be excited when they reappear, just like your readers. If you're not, why are you writing about them?

I love Gideon. I just wish he were real.

What do you love about your characters? Do you have some characters that are just easier and funner to write than others?


♥tg

8 comments:

  1. I love making new discoveries about my characters.

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  2. Gideon!!! I love Gideon, too! Even though I didn't get to see all you wrote about him, I remember him being so, so sweet. Let me know if you want to do some more critique-partnering once you get back into the swing of things. :)

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  3. Funny reader/writer T-shirts would be a GREAT giveaway item! Okay, sorry... Done spewing my thoughts onto your blog. ;)

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    1. haha you can spew on my blog all you like! And I actually was thinking that I really want to go back and look at your book again, if only for fun ;) I want to know what happens!

      If you want, I can send you an updated version of OPEN EYES, and you could do the same?

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    2. Aw, thanks! And I'm going to email you.

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  4. I want that t-shirt! I fall in love with my characters all the time. I can only hope that makes for better storytelling.

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  5. Oh, I always find that if I take a break from my writing for too long, I get really eager to come back to it. It's a good idea though, because then the characters are more fresh and you can see your story in a new way.

    I tend to think of my other characters in the novel the way my main character does...meaning I don't the villians but I love the sidekick.

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