Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bringing Your Character to Life

By YA Fantasy author Andrea Buginsky

When writing a story, your characters, especially your main character, become just as real to you as a tangible human being. She becomes your sister, daughter and best friend all rolled into one. You teach her a lot, but you also learn a lot from her. You get to the point where you want to reach out and touch her, and pull her further into your world. You can find ways to make your character a bigger part of your world than just inside your books.

I’ve seen several authors do separate blogs hosted by their character. This is one idea you can do for your main character, or even several of your favorites. If you already have an author website or blog, set up a separate one hosted by your character. You can also add a separate blog written by her on your current website.

Another way of bringing her into your world is to write a prequel to your first book she was featured in that’s all about her background: who she is, where she comes from, how she grew up… You can create an entire book with just her world and how she came to be there before the event that took her on her adventures in the other stories you wrote for her began.

To introduce your main character to a different audience, you could write stories involving her for different age groups. For instance, if she’s the main character in your YA fantasy, you could develop a series of picture books about her daily adventures for younger readers, and another series about her earlier years for MGs.

There’s no telling how far you can go with developing your main character further and bringing her to life.

Check out “The Chosen” available from Solstice Publishing.


blogger@scribesvalley.com (Carolyn of Studio Seven) said...

Very cool, Andrea - I agree with all you say and although I have written prequels for my series, THE FRENCOLIAN CHRONICLES, I have never thought of doing a character blog before - but what a GREAT IDEA! THANKS! I'll work on that one! Best wishes always, Carolyn Ann Aish

blogger@scribesvalley.com (Carolyn of Studio Seven) said...

You speak of 'earlier years for MGs' - what is a M G ? I assume that an MC would be Main Character, but I'm trying to work out what the M G would be? :-)

Andrea said...


MG = Middle Grade

Thanks for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed the post.