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New words: 1089. And today book is being easy. Nice book.
First new line: Four men had gone in search of Gwgan by this route in the early morning.
Owain is drawing conclusions and wondering who is safe to question. Cadog is feeling helpful. Gif has sore paws.

Writing meme day 9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.

Oh. That's a big one. The short answer is everywhere. I wrote before about how Joyain is partly inspired by the French tennis player Thierry Champion, who has such an interesting face. A character can arise from something or someone I've seen, something I've read or heard, or mis-read/heard. Valdarrien was an attempt to understand Aramis that took off in an entirely unexpected direction. Gracielis was a second attempt at the same thing, and went in another direction. Thiercelin began as a 'best friend' character, but he slowly revealed more and more about himself and became more and more engaging and interesting in himself. A lot of characters start as a 'what if': what if the clans-person is illegitimate (Iareth Yscoithi); what if the sister is prime minister (Yvelliane), what if the heiress is bored (Aude, and also Miraude, but in a different way), what if the captain is a radical (Jehan). Some characters just walk into the story -- Quenfrida is one of those, and so is Owain's friend Idwal. Some arise from me playing games while I walk or drive -- inventing a set of characters to be played by particular people led to the Cadre (Hsirei, Lienye, Sujhien and Qiaqia) in Grass King. Owain was a designed character -- I needed a main character who had the status and rank to have access to kings and bishops as well as ordinary people, who could travel relatively freely and who didn't have too many duties tying him to a particular place. That meant young, noble-born and male. The second sight was to give him a reason to engage with mysteries -- it's turned out to be a useful way of making him interesting to his king, too. Gaheris isn't mine (I really must do something with those stories) but while working on something else years ago, I came to the conclusion that Gareth and Gaheris may originally have been duplicates of one character. I also found that the common thing about Gareth being the nice one, Gawain's favourite and so on is mostly down to Mallory -- Gareth/Guerret is very minor until Mallory came along and wrote his tale; the one who is always with Gawain and is his favourite is Gaheris/Gaheriet. Plus I came across the imcomplete Gaheris tale that's part of the 2nd Continuation of Chretien de Troyes' Perceval and thought it was interesting, and then I do love an underdog, so...

Skirt of the day: panelled blue cotton.


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Jul. 28th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you're making splendid progress!
Jul. 29th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
Absolutely sounds like you are feeling far more confident in your writing, love. :) And well deserved too!

My characters come like yours really. When I was in Norfolk and doing the driving for Neilsen's market research, I did a lot of mental playing with my writing. Nice slow easy roads. Here in California, it is a madhouse of leave the house, jump on a freeway within minutes and drive at 65 mph madly to the turn off maybe only half a mile away or maybe as much as, gasp, 7 miles! So no time for daydreaming watching my ass among all the homicidal maniacal drivers...

My characters mostly evolve like yours do. Most are partially based on folks I knew or know. I had one based on a really nasty ex boyfriend called interestingly David like Carrie's one in book 1! Ah, pay back is fun! Never piss off a writer!
Kaid grew. I wanted a dark, mysterious person who seemed as if he might be against Carrie and Kusac to start with, one of the assassins almost. Then he firmed out as a rebel, someone who lived on the edge. Finally I decided he was also in love with Carrie, and found a reason why that surprised me in a later book! I seem to have a knack of leaving a rope hanging down in a room for me to grab in a later book to expand on an area. I call it leaving a hanging rope because it is part of an analogy of painting a floor and not painting yourself into a corner! Yes, I did that in this series, in a huge way, but luckily managed to come up with a way out, with the help of friends!
I cut out pictures of folk from magazines, like corporate line ups and so on and put them n a hanging file in my file drawer under the category Characters. Then when I need to write in a new person, I haul them out and choose a face n body from my pix collection that fits what I want them to be and do. That's the looks side at least. Now here I should say I go to lolcats to get Sholan faces, but I don't. :) Perhaps I am s used to creating characters now that it comes easily and I don;t have a process I can put to words because it happens subconsciously. And of course, there is always a good chunk of me in there as with all of us writers in every character.
Jul. 29th, 2010 09:56 am (UTC)
Neither Valdarrien or Gracielis was anything like how I remember Aramis. For one thing, both of them were a bit of a pain, and Aramis wasn't.
Jul. 29th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
D'Artagnan would say Aramis is a pain!
But, indeed, neither V or G are Aramis. They just started in that territory.
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