Hi there Scribblers - J Monkeys here. Happy Saturday to you and yours. I’ve got a short and sweet blog for you today.
In the inestimable words of John Hannibal Smith, don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? I grew up in the 1980’s and watching the A Team was a fixture in my week. If you didn’t see it, or fancy a trip back to the 80’s, you can see episodes online here. So much so, that even though I couldn’t possibly imagine Liam Neeson in George Peppard’s shoes, I rented the new film. It was surprisingly good – get it if you were a fan and haven’t seen it.
But I digress. As you may know, I’ve been working on characters for a new books. I’ve finally got them clear in my mind. I think I know what makes them tick, how they’d act in certain situations, things like that. Just to round out the character sketches of each main character, I decided to look up the astrological sign and corresponding personality for each of the characters birth dates.
What do you know? The somewhat random birth dates I selected give the characters signs in direct correlation with their personalities. I’ve got a young girl who is independent beyond her years, but often doesn’t look before she leaps. She’s an Aries. Those qualities and many others she sports are in direct keeping with a ram. I’ve got a woman who’s been burned by betrayal in the past to the extent that she doesn’t trust people – doesn’t let them in but she’s fiercely independent and driven. She’s interested in the paranormal and at the same time, a control freak. Guess what? She’s a Scorpio.
So I say it again…Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?
Today’s secret: If you need a quick reference to some personality traits in keeping with your character, check out their sign. If nothing else, it might tell you to move their birthday.
Today’s question: How do you create your characters?