Beginning the Character Sketch

This is the week I begin to work on my new story. I’ve been thinking about this story for a couple of months now, but am not ready to share my storyline. But I will share with you who I have chosen for my main characters.

Here is Emilie, the heroine of my story. She is an art teacher at a middle school. She is cute, a little sassy, but doesn’t think she has what it takes to get a boyfriend. She’s an artsy kind of girl, a little odd, and is not one to follow the crowd. She is her own person, not afraid to be different. She is strong and independent, and that seems to scare off most guys. She is going to be fun to write, I think.

And here is my hero, Mark. I think I tried to use this actor for the hero in my medieval, but he wasn’t manly enough. I ended up using Tom Welling for my medieval. But Ashton is perfect for what I have in mind for this story. He is handsome, cocky, a little stuck on himself, but fun loving. He is the new coach at the middle school where Emilie works and thinks he’s “all that”. A total opposite of what Emilie looks for in a guy.

I’m trying something new and I know this is another story that won’t get published…at least in CBA. Unless I go with something like Marcher Lord Press. It is a paranormal story. Not about vampires, werewolves, or witches. It has to do with a special magic object that could grant my heroine her deepest desire…or cause great havoc in her life–which, of course, it does. Lots and lots of turmoil and catastrophes and fun. I am excited about this story and hope it is good practice for me in writing a contemporary.

I’ve started my character sketches in my One Note Program and have pasted lots of pictures of my two main characters, but I have a lot of thinking to do to deepen my characters. I only have about 1/10th of my sketching done, but hope as I fill out more of it, I will learn more about each one. To me, this is the fun part of writing. The daydreaming….sigh.

How do you learn about your characters? What processes do you employ to sketch out your characters?

*******SPECIAL ALERT*********
I am interviewing Jody Hedlund tomorrow at The Writer’s Alley! She is such an interesting person and you will love learning more about her and her debut book, The Preacher’s Bride. Annnddddd, she is giving away a copy to a lucky commenter! Stop by tomorrow for a chance to get a copy!

10 responses to “Beginning the Character Sketch”

  1. Oh my goodness, Sherrinda…seriously?? I am SO intrigued by this magical object. And Ashton Kutcher?? Hello! I already like your hero. 🙂 I want to know more about this storyline!! Also, CBA publishes paranormal. In fact, I just read one. It was AMAZING – God comes to this woman in the flesh of a cute young man. Hilarious, laugh out loud funny, but also super poignant. It's called Never the Bride


  2. CBA publishes paranormals? Really? I am going to need to do some more research, I see. 😉 This story idea came to me after seeing a commercial and I've been so excited by it! We shall see what comes of it.


  3. My characters just seem to arrive on my mind's doorstep and introduce themselves! Then it's like a movie trailer in my mind as they reveal their story. When I start writing they take me where they want me to go and tell me what they want to say!


  4. Any hero that's an Ashton Kutcher look-a-like sounds like a great hero to me!! And, wow, can't wait to read Jody's interview. I already have her book preordered!


  5. Great picks for inspiration. Looks like you are doing a fabulous job planning this out! :O)


  6. I love it when I see a picture of someone who looks JUST like my hero or heroine. It makes the story come so much more alive for me. 🙂


  7. Donna, I heard someone say they don't do an indepth character sketch, but let thier characters tell them their background as they write. Is that kinda like you do?

    Linda! You will love Jody's interview! She is funny and so real….I just love that!

    Diane, I am trying to plan this story out better. I didn't do a good job of that with my other one and it sure made it harder to edit. So…hopefully I will save myself some trouble in the end.

    Sarah, I know exactly what you mean! Having the pictures before me is so helpful and finding pictures with different expression really helps me out alot!


  8. Loved it Sherrinda! Especially the document you have it all bundled in. Is this the Word program you were talking about awhile back? Would you mind telling me where to find it? I have the latest version of Word, but can't seem to find it! Thanks Sherrinda. I wish you the very best with the new story, isn't it exciting to start something new?


  9. Yes, Casey. It is the One Note Program that came with Windows 2007. And YES, I love starting something new! 🙂


  10. Sherrinda, thanks for the tips! I should do something like this. In the past, I do it…for the titling and cover committee meeting. Why not do it up front????!!

    Blessings, dear one.
    YOU GO!!


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