Character Creation by Emily Ann Putzke My character in Ain’t We Got Fun is Georgiana (Gi) Rowland, the older sister of Bess. Their family is struggling during the Great Depression, so Gi takes off for NYC to make a fortune and help them out. The sisters recount their adventures, joys and heartaches to each other. My co-author, Emily Chapman, and I wrote this story in letter form in January. Our characters are very different people! Here are a 5 things that helped me bring Gi to life, and give her a personality that’s all her own. 1. Give Your Characters Flaws None of us are perfect, so our characters shouldn't be either. Gi is a fun, loyal, light hearted girl with big dreams. But she has a flaw that she struggles with throughout the entire story. Pride. She’s very stubborn, independent, and doesn’t want anything from anybody. 2. Use That Flaw to Stretch and Change Your Character Pride gets Gi in quite a few scrapes. Throughout AWGF, she’s constantly battling with it. Everytime she thi…
If you read the back of the Five Glass Slippers collection, you will find this intriguing collection of tag lines:
"What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot bear the idea of attending the royal ball?
Or when the slipper fits...but on the wrong girl?
What happens when Cinderella is determined to oust an imposter prince from her rightful throne?
Or when she's a cendrillon miner working from a space station orbiting a cthonian planet?
What happens when Cinderella, a humble housemaid, is sent with a message for a prisoner trapped in a frightening fairy circus?"
I don't know about you, but that paragraph of five tag lines were incredibly captivating. I couldn't WAIT to read those stories.
So here is a fun game for you. Think about the Snow White collection of 5 winners. Imagine yours is one of them. What question could you pose to make people want to read your story?
Then, think about 4 other ideas that sound cool. Put…
For the next 12 1/2 days, as we do our final countdown until March 31st, I'm going to do 4 posts asking about something you would like to see in the Snow White collection.
There are so many ways all of us, writers and readers alike, can win in this contest. Maybe a familiar name makes it into the final five -- hurray! Maybe a story in your favorite genre ended up in the collection this year -- woohoo! Maybe you finally get to read a winning story about an evil king and his Snow White son -- how awesome!
So, in celebration of all the many things we can root for, I want to know some of the things that you think would be cool to find in this year's set of winners.
Without further ado, here is my question for the day:
What is a point of view you would like to see in this collection? Would you like a story written from the prince's perspective? A story from Snow White's perspective? The evil queen's perspective? A dwarf's perspective? Wh…