Getting to Know Your Characters

I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with my WIP for the past 4 or 5 years. I can’t hardly believe it’s been that long!  I now see why it takes some authors Years to write a novel.

I’ve let myself get bogged down in the details.  I’ve struggled too long to try and create an interesting back story for my protagonist.  I’ve discovered that I wasn’t letting HER tell me who she was.

With just the heart of the story in mind, I sat down and just let the words flow.  I know where she will end up eventually, at the climax of the story.  But in the meantime, I’m getting to know her.

This story just begs to be told.  I guess that’s why I keep coming back to it again and again.

Relaxing and just letting the words flow without any real background to worry about has been so freeing!!  I’m starting to see small bits and pieces of this woman’s background.  Just as we get to know a person’s history in real life, my character is beginning to reveal herself a little at a time.

In the past, I never knew that she loved to sketch and draw.  I also didn’t know that she had a college sweetheart.  Tiny fragments that help build and develop this person into something, that hopefully, my readers will connect with and cheer for.

THIS is the way writing should be.  It doesn’t happen often enough, but when it does, it’s pure magic.

Let the story go where it needs to go.  Let the characters develop their own life!

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  ❤

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson





Character Development


“Oh, Geeze!  She’s at it again!” said Tall Dark Man.

“I know!  I thought the last time was the worst!  There’s no telling what she’ll come up with this time!”  cried Small, Frail, Woman.  “I found my husband’s body at the foot of the cellar steps!”

*click, click, click, clickitty click, click, click, clickitty click, click

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Re Re Re Rewrite…

After much thought, I’ve decided that my WIP needs a complete rewrite.  This is a good thing!  I’ve been languishing for months with this nagging feeling.  I knew why, but I didn’t know how to fix it.  Now I do!

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Life of it’s Own!

I’ve been struggling with a story for about 2 years now.  My friends can’t understand why I can’t finish it.

It has real potential, I know it does.  But I’m having a hard time with the direction the story has taken.

I restarted the story once, because the back-story of my characters was weak.  I think at that point, I lost momentum.   This second time around, the story has morphed into something very dark.

I had no intention of writing anything as dark as this has turned out to be.  If I continue with it the way it is, it is going to very, very dark indeed!  A horror story.

I guess I’m shocked that my “inner voice” is creating this!  I’m half-temped to start the story over yet again!

The basic plot and eventual outcome, the real meat of the story, I feel has real potential!

Do any of you have this kind of problem?  Ideas?  Suggestions?



My novel has taken on a life of it’s own!  I’ve heard other writers talk about this and I’ve touched on it in the past too.  I’m really having a good time with this book.  But I am just amazed at the twists and turns it is taking!

I didn’t plot out every thing.  In fact I didn’t plot out anything before I started writing.  I had a good idea for a plot, the main points along the way of the story, the characters, and how I want it to end.   That’s it!

This thing has grown legs and is now running along in front of me!  It’s up to me to keep up with it!  It’s shaping up to be even better than I first imagined!

My word count to date is 8124.  I’m averaging about 1624 words a day.  Still just a little shy of my 1900 word goal.  But over all, I still feel very good about it.

I hope all of you are having as good a time as I am.  Happy Friday and Happy Writing!