In writing the second part of ‘Hadeon,’ I have come to a point where it is time to introduce a new critical character. I write diary entries from this doctor’s point-of-view and he has a lot of contact with my MC. At first, I attempted to use some helpful character creation checklists, but I found they were too much, as the character isn’t major enough. But at the same time, I don’t believe in giving the character a name and developing him as he goes. My main character was created in this way, back when I rejected planning and such, and it will hurt, when it comes the time to rewrite.
A problem I find with creating characters on the go is they end up stereotypical. An old person is not always tired and grumpy; a woman is certainly not always passive and homebound and people of authority are not always right. Sometimes assumptions are made and it is the writer who is prepared to shake these assumptions that end up on top.
As I’m writing this post, I’m getting a rough idea of what my doctor is going to be like. I’ve already written a diary entry from his point-of-view, purely ‘on the go,’ and it gives me a rough idea, though I won’t be able to continue until I know exactly who he is, and what his motivations are.
writing, characters, stereotypes