How to develop characters, seeing things through new eyes
The world looks so brand new to me now that I found love. – Musiq Soulchild
At some point or another we’ve all experienced seeing things through new eyes.
Maybe it was an aha moment. Or a new pair of glasses that revealed something minute that previously went unnoticed. Or you saw a child playing and for a second remembered the naivety of your youth. Remember how the world seemed brand new once you discovered you were in love?
Or maybe a friend called seeking advice and said, “Put yourself in my shoes.”
Think about how that relates to you as a writer. It might not be writers block you’re experiencing, but maybe you’ve run out of ideas for characters. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see things through new eyes.
Your characters don’t need to have your personality traits or have the same background or morals as you. Try something new! Write from the perspective of characteristics you dislike in a person. Write through the eyes of someone you would never dare be. After all that’s what makes writing fun.
How do you develop your characters? Do your characters have your personality traits? Please share your comments below.
Stefanie Newell is a freelance writer based in Chicago and author of the novel The Buzz: When celebrity gossip goes wrong… She is also the CEO of Write One Publications, Inc.
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