For me, people always come first. And no, they aren’t always dark or bloody, but bloody darkness seemed like a cool dress for the title of this post.
I’m all happy cackles because someone whose opinion I value a whole lot critiqued one of my stories and loved it. I’m submitting the tale right after I’m done with a bit of rewriting. The same person said, “Your characters jump out of the stories, and usually screaming. I bet they talk to you before you know anything about their lives.”
I grinned, nodded like a loon and yelled, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” at my laptop. My characters always arrive before their conflicts. In the case of “Being a Drake,” I saw two people who loved each other so much that they wanted to know what the world tasted like in the other’s mouth. I remember closing my eyes, letting the sound of a train lull me into plotting land, and thinking, I, too, want to taste their story.
The backstory snippet I shared for the contest says a bit about Jeff and Leo Drake, but I didn’t tell you about the third, and most likely, main character of the story. Now she wants to introduce herself:
“Hi, my name is Wendi Temperance, but please call me Tempe. I don’t want to be confused with the woman who gave birth to me; her first name was Wendi, too, and she died of a severe case of mallet to the face when I was seven. Can’t wait to get to know everyone better.”
Um... well, nice to meet you, um... Tempe. I guess the title of the post might fit after all.
Have you entered the “Being a Drake” contest yet? If not, do give a go, my Luvs. You could win a $13 Amazon gift card and help me write the story of Tempe, Jeff and Leo.
What comes first when you write, character or conflict?
As a reader, what would you like best, a story where Tempe and the Drake boys make snap decisions as they roll with the action? Or one where you get to experience the decision-making process with the trio?
Oh, one of the main characters for the Sexy, Dark and Bloody Fiction party, at my personal blog, was inspired by SunshineShelle’s “The Haunting.” The ACEO now belongs to Stacy from Magic Love Crow. *Shhh, don’t tell them, but do join the party*
|The Haunting by SunshineShelle|