I don’t usually experience the blank page syndrome, but I do struggle to develop characters who can take me (and readers) through the whole story. Filling out that character sheet is a fabulous help. We’re told to work with these characters, fleshing them out so well that we absolutely know what they’ll do in any given situation. Through workshops and writing books, as well as my own observations over years of reading great authors, I know this character stuff is essential. If the reader doesn’t care about the character, she’ll put the book down.
Coming up with a great character to star in book three of my historical trilogy has been tough. I sort of knew the time period, the general setting, and even the extended family. But, I didn’t have a main character. Until Sunday.
Sunshine filled Ontario’s blue skies that day so that we just had to drive out and meet it. Where could we go? First, the sugar bush beckoned and we came away with Read the rest of this entry »