When a Character’s a Character

Written By: Janna - Oct• 16•14

Recently I was thinking about characters. Mostly, how authors go about creating them. I feel (and hope!) my characters became these rich, fully formed beings of their own between my first book (A Grimm Legacy) and the second book (Grimm Memories).

Dylan is a clear favorite most of the time. He’s quirky and funny, and I often find myself putting him in situations just to see what he’ll do and say. When I needed someone in my story to accomplish something tricky to make the plot move along, I usually assigned the task to Dylan until it became kind of a running joke (with myself anyway), until he had an impressive resume.

Dylan can:

Cook, way better than the average teenager (and some adults too)

Sail (unless whales are involved)images-2

Tango (hey, I know a few teenagers who do)

imagesRide horseback (we never hear why, though)

Conceive and carryout some pretty elaborate practical jokes (ahh, the lobster traps, there might be a short story story in there somewhere)

Fix cars (now I’m just giving away stuff from book #2)

Hunt shellfish (andimages-1 cook them too)

Fish (much to Andi’s dismay)

Hotwire a car (who wouldn’t want to know how to do that?)

Sadly, he also knows how to identify the smell of whisky rather quickly.

Of course, no character is perfect (they would be boring if they were). He can’t seem to:

Finish a book.

Get a good SAT score

Keep his mouth from getting him in trouble

Share any serious feelings

Have any self-defense of fighting skills what-so-ever

Ever think about characters? What traits or talents would they have?

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