Character development? Not in my world

So all you pantsters out there, does this sound like you?

Character development? Not in my world.

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14 responses to “Character development? Not in my world

  1. This is extreme pantsing, isn’t it? No planning whatsoever. I used to be exactly this way, but I never, ever got anything finished. My last story went to 234,000 words and was only part-way through. Still, it was thoroughly enjoyable to write. I felt as if I was putting putty characters into the world I had created, then I watched them come to life and develop according to their experiences.
    Just like children.

    • Extreme pantsing indeed. I think I do this to a certain extent. I plan a bit, then wing it, but I once had someone whom I thought was going to be a goodie go bad on me. Weird experience. I suddenly realised that his niceness had a wicked side, that he was controlling and once I let the controlling take over, great things happened to that character. Unfortunately the rest of the book…. :-)

  2. Pantser here.

    I don’t know what character development means. I’ve heard of people buying writing software that lets them create lenghty character bios, put characters into folders and sub folders and so on. I can see it for someone writing historical fiction or planning an epic fantasy series to keep track of everyone, but I’m not sure if all that makes a character seem more real on the page.

    When I’m writing a story, I just hit backspace whenever I accidentally make someone do the wrong thing. The bits I don’t delete are the character.

    • Yes, I see what you mean. Characters do write the story. And I think as real people, we may have a character, but even we are situationally driven. We tend to respond, react, sometimes without thought.
      I tend to do a bit of both – plan and wing it. And hopefully allow my characters to develop along with the story. Thanks for coming by and stopping to comment. Will pop over and see you – put the kettle on!

  3. A lot of the characters in my stories live full lives in my head. Often times they’re more interesting than the people I know in the real world.

  4. This is a good one for us pantsters. I tagged you for the “Next Big Thing” blog hop. It will be fun to hear about your WIP. I hope it creates interest in your blog and your novel. http://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop/

    • Thank you Darlene. That’s very kind. I was tagged for this recently and discussed the novel I am editing (Clean Death which has three chapters up on its own little blog), but I have recently begun something new, so I might give a little taste of that!

  5. Very good blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.

    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or
    go for a paid option? There are so many options
    out there that I’m totally confused .. Any suggestions? Many thanks!

    • Thank you Amie. Very kind. My blog is obviously free here on WordPress and I have found it to be perfect for me. Loads of helpful advice around and kind people to offer it. I’d stick with free, but I am a baby at this game. Only began in July.
      Read a lot of the blogs that are here and see how you feel after a week or two.
      And follow me too!!! :-)

  6. always i used to read smaller content that also clear their motive,
    and that is also happening with this article which
    I am reading here.

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