When I was examining my books one last time, something hit me. I started to think of casting the characters in a very serious way. Not just vaguely their hair color, clothing, or height. Something really detailed. When I did that, lots of things exploded about the characters and the position the stories held relative to each other.
So I drew up a list of every character in each story, as if I were casting them. When you choose a person, you have to be (obviously) completely fleshed out. In a way, thorough. You can’t pick an actor’s hair and not the rest of him. You’re going to have a complete person here. Even little characters on the side who appear for like, ten seconds, have to be complete for that ten seconds. They can’t just be a foggy blur like smoke.
It was a really, really interesting experience. I realized the stories couldn’t be sorted in the simple way I’d been doing before. Not that that was a bad idea from my POV. It made me able to organize them a little better and make necessary changes or rewrites. But I found it wasn't as simple as whether people "liked" a whole book. There might be a character in one book that was literally the only thing people liked in the story—but they DID like this character very much. They DID care about him/her a lot.
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I've always been a writer. Author of 9 published books. Most recently published A Year with the Harrisons, a variation on Little Women. Next year will be publishing The Prince's Ball, a futuristic fairy-tale adventure.