Some old thoughts, accidentally rediscovered 🙂
Maybe something useful here somewhere?
The “novel” I mention never occurred, but the tips did work in terms of creating new combinations /personality traits.
Chinese Zodiac. Yup, that’s my new writing trick.
My characters felt like they were lacking in depth. I was having a hard time giving them interesting personalities. After all, there are a handful of major characters but a string of supporting characters. Yeah, they each had their own personality, but the minor characters felt very two-dimensional. One guy was turning into a caricature.
Then one day, a stroke of good luck made it all so much easier. My family ordered Chinese food from the little Mom and Pop restaurant up the street. We were sitting at the table and looking at the Chinese zodiac place mats. The next day I was telling everybody how my Mom, Dad, brother, and husband are ALL Tigers. It turns out that my son is a Snake and I am a Rat.
After NaNoWriMo I was feeling out of sorts so…
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