Falling In Love With Your Characters Over and Over

Hi everyone!

I snuck it in last post, so here it is first-thing: I resumed writing The Orc War Campaigns last week!!  :D  And after only about a month and some change of not writing it, I realized something magical about picking up a story after putting it down for a while.

digital-cover-1When I first sat down to write the 6th episode, I found myself staring blankly at the screen at first.  The episode starts from Zerek’s perspective a few weeks after “The Seige of Valars”, and I’m sitting there thinking…who is this guy again?  I know I’ve developed him before, but I’ve been so focused on Burning Skies, I’ve forgotten.  The same thing happened when I switched to Amaya’s perspective.

But with each of them, once I started writing, I couldn’t stop.  In less than I page, I inhabited them once more, and I started smiling as thoughts streamed out through my fingers onto the screen, and before I knew it…I was in love with them all over again.

When I realized this, I also realized just how important it was that this happened.

Write Characters You Love

Think back to some of your favorite characters in your favorite books.  How you followed their actions with bated breath.  How you felt their heart breaks, experienced their joys, and absolutely adored them.

Could the writer have written such vivid and powerful characters if he or she didn’t enjoy writing them?  More than that, if he or she didn’t love them?  It might sound strange at first, because they’re fictional characters, right?  *raises hand* I fully admit to falling in love with fictional characters.  And I’m not talking just in a romantic sense (Oh Aerith, if only you’d lived…  ;) )

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I mean imagine a person, sitting next to you right now, and there’s no one else in the world you’d rather be sitting next to.  Your best friend.  Your sister.  Your cousin.  A random stranger you just met and connected to instantly.  They are your companions.  That’s what I’m talking about.

And while characters in a book may not be real…well, they are.  They’re real in our hearts.

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This is doubly so for writers.  Can you truly write an entire novel about a character you don’t like?  Do you really want to?  And before you mention certain characters, you can also love to hate a character.  That to me describes the perfect villain, heheh.

Believe me, your readers can tell if you love a character or not.  This can truly make or break a story.   I also understand that every writer’s criteria for what they might or might not love about a character will vary.  Will vary by the writer’s personality, what’s going on in their life at the moment, and more.

Just please, for the sake of your readers and for your own mental health, keep this in mind when you create new characters.  Make them enjoyable not just to the readers, but to you.  Especially if you intend to spend the next 2 or 10 or 50 years writing them.

In my humble opinion, the best thing you could possibly do is write a character that you can fall in love with, over and over again.  :)

Thanks for reading!
-Jon Wasik

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