It’s not a secret that everyone is different. We look around and find differences everywhere. Your next door neighbor doesn’t sweep the freshly mowed grass off his sidewalk like you do. The mailman is careless and always ends up putting someone else’s mail in your box while you always make sure everything is where it belongs.
We are all cut from different cloths. We come from different walks of life. Our personalities range widely between two extremes. No two people are alike.
Which obviously means no two writers are alike.
My last Fellow Writers blog post, I implied everyone should create Character Profiles for their characters. I even included what should be in said Profiles. The thing I forgot to mention is that not every writer can do this. They can try, but many writers find their character’s likes and dislikes, strengths and fears, love and hate while they write. I’ve done this before myself, but it was harder for me in the long run. Even now, after I have my characters figured out, they can be subject to change within the story, depending on if the story needs them to.
Character Profiles are flexible.
Also, when I’m writing, sometimes a new character will pop up. Yes, just pop up out of the blue. Sometimes they become important characters, sometimes they are very loveable but minor characters. I didn’t think of this character before I started writing, but he is making the story better.
I guess what I’m getting at is: It’s okay for characters to surprise you. Don’t worry about sticking firmly to all of your Profiles. Again I will say: They are subject to change; flexible.
Above everything, remember that as a writer, you write the way that works for you, not the way that works for me. What works for one doesn’t always work for another. We all have different styles and preferences.
This is what makes us artists. This is what makes us unique.
That is all I have to say this week for my Fellow Writers! Share and like this post, and subscribe to my blog! Thank you, you wonderful person, you!
3 thoughts on “Fellow Writers: Different Styles for Different Writers”
I have to agree – I often find that I discover my characters better while I’m writing the story…even if I plan them out ahead of time. 😉
It’s happened many times before—I read something about how another writer works and I think “how can you STAND to do that?” The ones who claim to plan out everything baffle me (where’s the fun in that?) and the ones who say they plan out NOTHING make me cringe (I still have a hard time figuring out how that works). You’re absolutely correct. We’re all different! Which is why it can get irksome when you hear other people telling you exactly how to write. Like another writer once said if there were a formula, computers would be barfing out books and we’d all be out of a job. 😛
Great post. I am a big planner, I plan everything, but I always find myself surprised about where characters lead me! 😀