Writing a character “cheat sheet”

Creating a character cheat sheet

Creating a character cheat sheet

One  big advantage to writing picture books is there aren’t very many characters, so they are unlikely to change names as the story goes on!

With my chapter books, characters have been known to change names part way through the story, even the school in Swallow Me, NOW! changed names in an early draft! I started a new story the other day, and one character changed name from one page to the next! (That’s what happens when you are writing in 10 minute lots of time!)

In order to keep track of my characters, I’ve started a character cheat sheet.

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ABC – Day 8 – Favourite Character

Who is your favourite character?

Who is your favourite character?

Who is your favorite literary character? With which literary character do you most relate? Which literary character would you most like to invite for tea/coffee? What would you ask him/her? What do you think you could teach him/her?

OK, who came up with this topic? There’s no way I can choose just one character… I love them all! Well, maybe not all of them, but asking me who my favourite character is is on par with asking me what is my favourite book, or who is my favourite child! I simply can’t decide. [Read more…]

Creating characters with book week in mind – #ChaBooCha

Characters with costumes in mind

A couple of days ago, I saw a Facebook post from one of my friends looking for easy ideas for a book week costume that was quick an easy with a hair style that her father could do.

This got me thinking about the characters we create for our books, especially for those of us who are children’s authors, and with the next Chapter Book Challenge on the horizon.

For most schools, book week is a big deal with at least one day set aside for dress ups. Usually this involves the students and teachers coming to school dressed as their favourite characters from books. Some schools have competitions and prizes for various categories, although most schools have fun with dressing up. [Read more…]

Writer’s Reveal – People of the Past, Characters of the Future

People of the past, characters of the future

I’m a bit late with my Writer’s Reveal post this month… though I am scheduling it for the right day. My excuse – I’ve had my head down in the Chapter Book Challenge and recovering for a couple of days. Well, that’s my story & I’m sticking to it!

The prompt for this month was set by JC Wolf and is:

People of the Past, Characters of the Future

When I first saw this, I had no idea what I could write, but then I got in to the chapter book challenge and I realised that many of the characters are based on people I have known.

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Prompt #6 – Idea for first book

Story based on tricks to stay out of bed

The sixth prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

Describe how the idea for your book first came to you. Where were you? Who was the first person you told? How did they respond?

The first book I ever wrote was when I was 17 and in year 12 at school. I wrote a picture book called Mikey’s Bedtime based on some of the cheeky things the kids I babysat used to do to stay out of bed at night.

It had a great rhythm to the words and it helped me get an A on my writing folio assessment task, and contribute to overall awesome marks for year 12 English.

I submitted it to quite a few publishers, but it was rejected. Time went by and my manuscript was left to gather dust in a drawer.

Last year I dusted it off again. As a parent, I know some of the things that were wrong with the story, not least there was no resolution to the issues the main character faced. I have started working on it again. It still needs work before I submit it again, but watch this space, I’m sure it will be published one day.

Prompt #5 – Favourite Literary Character

Favourite Literary Character

The fifth prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

Who is your favorite literary character? With which literary character do you most relate?

This is a hard one. I don’t really have a favourite literary character…

When I was thinking about it, for some reason Winnie-the-Pooh came to mind. I have always loved those characters and Eeyore has always had a special place in my heart.

I am just discovering Sherlock Holmes! I know, I’m in my 30s and am reading the books for the first time… I have seen movies and TV shows, but not read the book until now.

There are so many characters I love, different characters are my favourite at different times and for different reasons. As for ones I relate most to, same answer…

This may not have answered the question and may leave some of you unsatisfied, but there’s not much more I can say.

I’m about to study Shakespeare for the first time since High School, and I’m sure to add some more character to this list…

Choosing Character Names

How I choose character names

Coming up with names is not my strong point. It’s one area I’ve always struggled with, some days I’m amazed I was able to choose names for my kids!!

Sometimes, a name will just come to me and the story will flow, other times, I just can’t decide.

When I was starting my writing journey, I bought some baby names books and used to read through them to find names. Over the years, they have disappeared. I think I may have lent them to pregnant friends and never got them back! [Read more…]

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