As we get closer to the release of the first in my romance novella series, Where You Left Me, Vol. 1, I thought it might be fun to introduce you to the main characters in the same way that I meet them. On a worksheet. Because of COURSE, that’s where I start (I have a slight addiction to making worksheets.)
So, this worksheet is the first thing I fill out when thinking about a new story. One sheet to keep all the ideas in one place because the mind isn’t what it used to be! I tend to start with an image. I use Google and scroll through people who meet my basic requirements of age, hair color, etc. Then I print that image, glue it in the appropriate box, then the real fun begins!
Who is this character? What makes them tick? What are things about them you might never see on the page but will influence their choices? What do the want vs what do they need? Two very different things. One is what they think will make them happy, the other is what really will. That one difference becomes your story arc and results in your book’s theme. It’s important stuff to think about before you even write a word.
So for Jasmine, I knew she had a short pixie cut. I don’t know how I knew that, I just knew that she did. Naturally, one of the very first images that came up was ALICE from Twilight. Y’all, if you don’t know I’m a Twihard girl, well, now you do. I was HOOKED on those books/films #TeamEdward (don’t come after me.) I looked at that picture and said, yeah, Jasmine gives off Alice vibes at least in the look department. Sold. Alice became the physical inspiration.
After I have that, I can work on the basics: Job, Age, Family, Friends, and most important for my books: who is the romance with?
That’s when I can dive into the last section. The nitty-gritty stuff that will make its way on the page in a subtle way.
Next post, I’ll introduce you to her love interest. *swoon.
If you want to see how Jasmine comes alive in the book, not to worry, you can pre-order! Hehe. The book goes live on Feb 8, 2022.
WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 1
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