My Way Tips and POV

Make your characters walk across the page. I sometimes get stuck when trying to describe, in a casual way, how someone like, say, a cameo character can catch the reader’s imagination without going into a long description. They might only appear in that scene, but to make them 3D and exciting, I try to pin at least two notable tags. Like – I shook limp hands with Petra, who grinned at me through heavy makeup and large glossy red lips. He must have been fifty-something and reminded me of a pantomime dame. That’s it – he’s gone forever, but would you remember him if asked who Petra was in my book? Make your characters walk across the page. Another way of creating a picture is to let another character do it for you. Like – Karla’s real makeup was beginning to glow through the powder and lipstick, and I wasn’t impressed. Every character deserves recognition; otherwise, why include them?

Here’s something I do when starting work. Read the previous session’s work and then start writing the follow on for twenty minutes. Then delete everything you just wrote. Why? That twenty minute is warm-up time to get you into the mood of the fiction world you are creating. Then close your eyes and picture the scene you are working on. Picture the characters involved and what they are saying. Listen to the truck going past and the sound of thunder and rain. Smell the bread at the bakers across the road or the smoke you are choking on as you fight the enemy through the burning building or boat. There are loads for you to see and hear. Get into it for about five minutes (daydream) and then start again. I find this method really helps put me in the mood as I become the main character. It works for me. Make your characters walk across the page.