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…
Yep, time is picking up speed. Especially since I have other things to keep me busy.
Here is my questions for you today: what makes your story special? In the comments below, I want you to finish this sentence "It's a Snow White story, but..." Did you change the setting? Is Snow White the ugliest in all the land? How did you swap out the elements of your story to make it unique?