Inspiration to Create Well-Rounded Characters

As we prepare for NaNoWriMo, it’s important to know that you can find inspiration anywhere. I’ve recently been re-watching NBC’s Heroes, and I have realized that certain things about the show have influenced my writing.

I watched the show back when it first started, which was around the time when I first started writing novels that had plots that made sense.

In re-watching, I can see how different characters have influenced both me and my characters.

My roommate said there should be more characters like Hiro Nakamura. I agreed, then realized that I have two characters that share certain traits with him.

When you see well-rounded characters in fiction, movies, or TV shows, it’s normal to have different traits assimilate into your own characters. It doesn’t matter if they’re heroes like Hiro who have a strong view of what’s right and wrong, or if they’re villains like Sylar, who will do anything to achieve their means.

Sylar makes a fantastic villain and my villain shares a couple traits with him.

To have an effective story, you need to have well-rounded characters. When you find inspiration from places you can use different traits of other characters to round your own. Obviously it would be plagiarism to completely take someone else’s character and put them in your own novel, short story, etc (minus fan-fiction of course) but using traits that other characters have is an effective way to strengthen characters.

What are places where you have been inspired?

Context

So I’m writing a scene where my MC overhears a conversation between 2 other characters but I wasn’t sure what all she should hear. The part of the conversation is important since things can be misinterpreted when they are heard out of context.

To help with this, I started writing the scene from one of the other character’s perspective and am now at a position where I can figure out when my MC hears bits of the conversation.

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The more you know about what’s going on in your novel, even if those scenes are not in it, the deeper you’re writing will be.

Change perspectives when you don’t know what to do.

It will make all the difference.

Good Writing Days

Posting a little late today because I have the day off of work so I haven’t been on my computer that much.

So I’m into the next chapter of Sapphyre and am already 600 words into it. I wrote all of those yesterday.

Good writing days bring a lift when you’ve had days of only getting 100 words or less.

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I hope to slip back into that groove today and get a lot done since I have tomorrow off of work as well.

These next chapters are ones that I haven’t written a form of in prior drafts. This should be fun!

Have a great weekend!

Characters that Make Me Laugh

So I am very close to finishing the chapter. If everything works out, I’ll finish it by the end of the day.

This chapter has me continuously laughing. The main crux of it is my MC talking to the character who will become her mentor. The funny part is that I have one other character (the mentor character’s spouse) who is listening in on the conversation and will jump in and say things. Some of his comments are exuberant. Others are just downright funny.

When my MC mentions being afraid of fox hounds because they look like they want to eat her, this character responds with:

“Then you should probably meet some that will look at you as an enchanting person instead of their next meal.”

This is a character who will provide comic relief at different stages of Sapphyre.

Having a comic relief character can make things entertaining to write.

Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Sokka is a fun comic relief character

Most of the time I start laughing, not because the character has said anything but because I know what he is thinking. It’s always fun to have entertaining characters.

Achieving Goals

So I made a goal on Monday that I would finish this first chapter of Sapphyre by the end of the week.

I’m super happy to report that I finished it last night and have started on the next chapter.

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Things are moving along well and I have a clear plan of where I’m going with things.

It’s so nice when things start to flow.

The goal is to get my next chapter done by my next post.

What are goals that you have set to help you?