Literary agent. Offers. First refusal. Revision. Contracts. Murder.
These are all words that could describe my journey to signing with an agent. (Except for that last one. I was just joking.
Or was I?)
Readers of the blog might remember that I signed with Amber Caraveo of Skylark Literary back on December 16. But like all stories, it doesn’t actually begin there.
When most writers decide to go the route of traditional
Characters! Those cheeky fellas. I love seeking out my characters’ hearts. Finding the deep-down stuff that really makes them tick, and then bringing it out in the story. Normally I’ll spend a lot of time brainstorming this in the early side of my drafting, but I also like to revisit the basics when I hit a roadblock and stall out. Often when I’m stuck, it’s because I have stopped listening to my characters.
Here are some questions that can help you explore your characters and gain new insights. I’ve written them addressed to your character directly, and recommend answering them in your character’s voice (i.e. first person). This is a great way to really get in their head.