Monday, October 31, 2011
Who Are You?
I'm currently in the process of planning out my next project. I love this part. New scenes keep popping into my head and it's fun seeing how my characters react to the situations I'm putting them in.
The other day I played out a scene in my head and when I was rehashing it later, I started to wonder if my character would react that way. It felt natural for him to say what he said, but with his back story would he really do it? I had say to myself, "Who is this guy?"
People's life experiences define who they are. They either make them stronger or weaker, confident or vulnerable, at peace with who they are or chased by guilt and regrets. I need to make sure I have a clear idea of my character's history before I launch into a story. It will dictate his/her actions.
Do you guys take the time to come up with thorough character histories?
How do you decide if a character's reactions are what they should be?