Welcome to my series, The Editing Diaries!
In a nutshell, I’m editing my story LASER and bringing you guys along for the ride. I want you to see how my process for editing novels works (and maybe I’ll figure out my process with you). So, buckle your seatbelts, we’re going on a trip!
Okay, the title is slightly misleading. Because I’m not talking about “the voices” that authors usually refer to. In this instance, I am referring to character voices.
And that is also misleading, because I’m not talking about how unique a character sounds compared to other characters so you can tell a character’s POV.
I should just explain this.
So, sometimes when I am writing, I will act out or roleplay a scene. This is more often than not just dialogue with minimal action, but it helps me figure out an argument or a character’s personality.
Last Thursday (after I had done the last Editing Diaries post) I started to roleplay a bit of an argument. It was rather spontaneous (I was doing laundry) and also rather short.
But it was the last piece of the metaphorical puzzle that has been Nick’s personality. And it also occurred to me later, that I can’t remember ever having roleplayed Nick interacting (or at least arguing) with anyone before.
Maybe that was the problem the whole time.
So, good news is that I have finally figured out this character (*knocks on wood*) and you know how I did it and I know how I did it and Nick will probably stop being the center of attention of these posts.
Hearing the voices of my characters is important in bringing them to life. That’s why it’s important for me to roleplay or sometimes go get the mail just so I can talk to myself and figure them out.
Occasionally, my characters will also suggest new plot twists or even just new things to happen. And a lot of the time, I try to listen to them, because they often know better than I do.
But being the author means putting my foot down when they suggest something ridiculous. Even if it sounds like a really good idea at the time.
But moving on, editing is going pretty well this week. Admittedly, I still have to finish this chapter that has been taking me a while to get right… (This chapter caused a lot of insecurity before. Trying to tighten it up and add some relevant plot bits.) But I think I have it figured out and editing is all sunshine and lollipops at the moment.
Note that I said at the moment.
Music this week has pretty much been non-specific or non-existent. Peter Hollens Radio on Pandora. My Little Pony. Yeah, that’s about it.
This week’s post is pretty short, I know. But I have to go get ready for a family trip and I won’t be here on Friday or Saturday to write a longer Editing Diaries post.
So what about you, writers? Do any of you roleplay? And does it seem to be crucial to the development of your characters?