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Adam Israel
Interviewing characters 
8th-Aug-2007 09:32 pm
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I've heard other people talk about it. Now I've done it, too.

I skimmed through my workshop notes for "Recycled Dreams" last night and today, getting a feel for the changes I want to make. I realized that, while I knew the background of the world, I didn't have a good grip on the characters themselves and what makes them tick. I started asking questions and what I discovered was pretty interesting (and raised some interesting ideas to explore in another story or two). I'll finish up asking questions and giving them the third degree.

My goals for the month are to finish this rewrite and submit it, and finish the first draft of "Alien Gurgitator."
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9th-Aug-2007 05:45 am (UTC)

I've never had much luck with interviewing characters. I only get decent answers out of them once I know them well enough that I don't need to question them :)

Mine respond better to being around things that interested them e.g. the main characters in my WIP use knives, so a display of knives or swords in a museum or antique shop wakes them up.

The idea behind both processes is the same though -- getting to know the characters better.
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