Thursday, May 19, 2011
Oh, The Thinks We Can Think
This is important for foreshadowing as well, perhaps your character notices the gold letter opener and when he returns later, he finds it missing. Having the character enter a room and describe the room in a quick glance is honestly a boring way to introduce your world as well as taking the easy route.
So take the challenge and write a scene from a character who’s witnessed his/her surroundings many times before and think of the creative ways he could interact with them, bringing his world to the reader one object at a time. See how different your story comes out and how honestly you start to learn more about your characters personality through his eyes as he views the world. A dressmaker who loves fabrics might view her world a little differently than a horse breeder. Can you implement some of their personality into their surroundings to bring their pov to the reader much more intricately than you normally would?
I’ve found this to be one my most challenging tasks as a writer and since this is a fairly new concept to me that I am learning more about with every day that passes I’ve spent a lot of time on getting the details right. Figuring out which details in the room will bring the character to life is half the challenge. An ordinary every day object to one character could reveal something special about your hero. Perhaps the unusual silver cigar table lighter is engraved in Chinese symbols because your hero is a sea captain and has traveled the world. These tiny little details you add breathe life not only into your story but into the life of your character and sets him/ her apart from all the other hero’s/ heroines.
What are some of the unusual details you’ve used to reveal your character through world building? So take my challenge, choose one of these lovely regency rooms or a picture of your own choosing, and create a scene with a character who has seen this room a million times before. Feel free to post here or do it for your own enjoyment. And then create a scene from a character who has never seen this room before, and notice the differences. Are you up for the challenge?