Monday, May 2, 2011

Don't Quote Me On That

Okay.  Something went haywire.  I posted once, but now it seems to have gotten up and walked away from the screen.  Let's try this again.

While working on my current WIP, I've been developing my characters in a new way.  Believe me, every little bit helps flesh out characters and make them as real as I possibly can, so when I was reading a Lori Wilde book and came to a passage where she used a quote to describe a character, I sat up and paid attention.  Something clicked, and I thought to myself that using a quote to begin to define my character wouldn't be such a bad thing to do.  I don't necessarily need to write it into the book, just use it to characterize.

Then I thought about an author I admire greatly--Kresley Cole--and how she begins her books with quotes from her hero and heroine.  These quotes get to the heart of the character's thoughts, actions, motivations, and just the basics of who he or she is.  It's a great way to introduce the characters and give some insight into their personalities from the start.

Truth is though, I don't have time to really research a "perfect" quote, but in a short search I found one that I could hear my hero say: 

"Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong."

It is a quote by Robert Anton Wilson, a science fiction author, and it is a small insight into the hero of my current WIP. 

Any quotes you're familiar with that describe your characters?

Happy Writing!

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