I had an epiphany, of sorts.
VC is Fantasy, therefore I need to delve even further into the Fantasy aspect of it. Until now it’s been all about the romance/relationship/drama stuff. Adara, the wonderful and talented MFC of VC, isn’t showcased through her abilities. There are a couple of instances where she gets all pissed and almost catches Niall on fire, but this is different. Her devotion to her deities isn’t front and center, no rituals beyond some fire divination. Basically, I don’t really know Adara, like I thought.
How do I fix that?
There is a book (I’ve mentioned before) titled The Circle Within by Dianne Sylvan, and I’m reading it for a second time. At the end of each chapter, Sylvan offers a set of questions to get us thinking. Here’s the epiphany – Those questions will help me get to know Adara better! For you skeptics out there, it’s no different than doing a character personality profile. Might I be biased when answering these in Adara’s perspective? Maybe. By now I know what she’s capable of, and that is the major difference between us.
Then again, aren’t characters just other personalities living inside the author? You know that moment. The one where you can’t control what you’re typing to save your life, and when it finally stops you ask “Where the hell did that come from?”. It’s only happened to me once, when I was writing Timing. Thanksgiving 2012. It was my first NaNoWriMo experience and I was a bit behind. By the end of the day (between cooking, eating and the Lions game), I somehow got over 8200 words down. Some writers call it “The Zone”. I call it Multiple Personality Disorder. My characters took over and gave some of the best writing in the entire story.
What about you? Have you had the Great Writing Epiphany from your character’s perspective? What was it? Share in the comments below.