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…
Have you ever wanted something? And you've wanted it so deeply and for so long?
And then, against all odds, there is a whisper that it could happen this time? Maybe instead of the expected rejection letter, you got a "we've taken your submission for further review." Maybe a sudden source of income appears that may allow you to earn enough for horseriding lessons. Maybe you find a nebulous symptom in your own body that hints at the possibility of a long-awaited pregnancy. Whatever the case, you have that realization that your dreams COULD come true.
And, instantly, anti-hope appears.
What is anti-hope? It is that emotion that springs up as a counter-balance to keep you from being too disappointed if your hopes are dashed again.
Anti-hope says, "Don't get too excited. 'Further review' isn't the same as an acceptance. They could still reject your story." Anti-hope says, "You still might not earn quite enough …
I haven't settled on a title for my Twelve Dancing Princesses story. But I've written about 4500 words so far. Here are a few snippets for you to enjoy.
I chose my words
slowly and carefully.“I think it’s
important for you to do what you feel like you were meant to do.I’ll always support you in that.” *** I
released my nose, confident that it would now stay on my face... *** I broke into a
run and reached my yard in time to see a dozen soldiers on horseback.One of them had pulled Hope into his saddle
with him.My papa was lying on the
ground, and a mounted soldier held a spear aimed at his chest. “Hey!” I
shouted.“Leave them alone!” *** The General and
our captain bowed. “We honor you on
the beginning of your new life,” murmured the captain. *** King Howenth sat
on the throne, looking rather like a pudding that has fallen over against the
side of its pan.“Come, my daughters!” *** “As you know, I am never one to accept any
lie fed to me.Nor am I one that simply
sits around and waits f…