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Friday, July 07, 2006
I've put one of those map things on the sidebar, right down at the bottom, because I saw some other folks had one and thought it looked good.

I'm going to be honest, though. I haven't put it there for research purposes. I have no books to sell so what would I be researching? No, my map is there purely because I'm a nosey cow who likes to know what's going on.

'Tis interesting, is the map. During the two days is been there, this blog has been visited by people from:

UK (surprise, surprise)
The Czech Republic
Canada (Toronto)
Australia (Sydney)

When it comes to the American visitors, they've been from:

Florida (several)
New York

Interesting, eh? No? What do you mean, no? You don't care where I get my visitors from? Oh well... it pleases my tiny mind.

Anyway, if you recognise yourself from the list, give me a shout. I'd love to know who's from where.

I found this one a while ago and have found it very useful in helping me develop my characters and, not least, remembering those little character traits that can so often be forgotten.

The Character Chart includes all sorts of details, most of which I never actually use but are still useful to know because they're part of the character. Things like past failures that they'd hate anybody to know about, how they're perceived by strangers, how they like to spend a rainy day, whether they're frugal, a spendthrift or somewhere in between, and what they're most prized possessions are all go to make the character 3-dimentional.

Take my latest two heroines (the only ones you've ever heard about). Sherry would hate having to walk anywhere in the rain, while Darcie loves the feel of summer rain on her skin. To my mind, those two differences make them very different characters.

Leo's first memory was of his father lifting him onto a donkey's back as they brought the day's harvest back from the fields. Alex's first memory is of sitting on a chair in a designer clothes shop waiting for his mother who was trying on a dress. Just knowing those first memories tells me that these two people had very different upbringings.

I don't use every item on the chart but as I said, it's worth taking a look at if only to give you a few new ideas of ways to flesh out your characters.


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Posted by Sharon J on 4:56 PM   

Blogger Jeanne said...

That would be me in NY last week (I think).

9:51 PM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Well it's nice to see that somebody is willing to own up to visiting me :)

1:30 PM   

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