Hooray for Friday! Let's listen to something happy.
I had an epiphany this week, thanks to this post over at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe. Shannon is awesome.
Anyways, her blog led me to Rick Riordan's character profile website. Again, awesome. This helped me get right to the core of my characters from Jane's Air.
The question that helped me the most was "What is the most important thing to know about this character?"
I've always thought, "This motivates this character" or "This character is like this because", but I've never actually sat down to write these things out.
For Jane, I realized the most important thing to know about her wasn't what I originally thought it was when I started writing the book. After reading this book, I'd want readers to realize that she wants love desperately, but it also scares her more than anything because it can be taken away from her.
(yes, I got distracted on MorphThing again)
...has looked for a way to belong somewhere for his whole life, so when he finds Jane, he doesn't want to let her go.
Ahhh, it's soooooo nice to finally be an expert on my characters. I mean, for now anyways.
Have you done this for your characters? What is the most important thing about your character?