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Friday, May 06, 2005

Danny the detective 

I have created a character in the novel called Danny, who is dragooned into being the assistant to Tace Holgate (named after my g-g-g-grandmother - great name, eh?) . I've been writing a chapter from his point of view for the last couple of days. He seems the most strongly developed in my head and I can slip into his character very easily. I think I've based him on a young version of me.

Not sure how I should get more into the head of the chief protagonist seeing as I've not been a woman ever in my life.

Maybe this is why I normally enjoy writing short stories in preference to novels. It's easy to imbue characters with aspects of yourself and hard to have them behave in ways that you don't normally. It will be my job, over the course of the novel, to make sure that each character is distinct as a separate person. I don't know how well I have done that so far. I've a feeling that some of the characters behave too much like each other.

This'll all come out in the rewrite I suppose.

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A useful exercise, sometimes, is to write something from each character's point of view, as a means of getting them sorted out in your head. Don't worry, though; they'll start doing things you didn't expect soon enough!
 
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