Thursday, August 18, 2011


My daughter introduced me to J.R. Ward's books. I have to say, I'm now an obsessed reader of her work. As soon as I finish one, I'm into the next. And I don't just read during lunch. I read at night, too.

This has seriously affected my writing.

But I can't really blame the books, as much as I'd like.

Lots of things seem to be going on right now. Lots of things, but not writing.

The thing is: I miss it. But I'm at a point in my story where I should KNOW my characters and I don't feel I do yet. So that's requiring me to think about them more. To understand their back stories (without writing them). Maybe I should write their back stories. Maybe that's what's missing. But not for the book – for me. For me to get to know my characters better. It's certainly something worth thinking about.

For you non-plotter writers out there, how do you get to know your characters, when it seems they're distant?

In the meantime, I'll enjoy the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. Because they're really GOOOOOD!


Erin Kane Spock said...

Similar problem. My alternate love interest is inconsistent. At times really manly and attractive and then a real wieney. Point is, I don't know who he is. I need to reread from the start, decide on a persona and stick with it. Which also means no moving forward until I go back. Sigh.

Stacy McKitrick said...

I agree - I can't move forward until I fix what's broken. That's probably why I'll never do NANO.

Fortunately, I think I finally figured out my heroine - thanks to a discussion with my hubby. I do plan on writing that back story. I think it will help me tremendously (and get into her head a whole lot better).

Thanks for commenting. It's nice to know I'm not the only one with character problems.