|Book 1, KIBL|
Creating not only characters, but towns, communities of people, families perhaps, but groups of friends and most of all some sort of tie that allows them to stay together.
This is no mean feat.
It does require thought, databases, and an overriding arc of conflict!
Be careful, therefore, when you create—and when you read these! Dangers lie ahead.
How do you cope?
|Book 2 KIBL|
1. A database of your characters, main and not, names with dates of birth, hair and eye color, height, weight, any descriptives of body and psychological characteristics, too. Their major personality flaw and yes, their internal conflict. Yes, you forget!
2. A file of geographical descriptives, including photos to help you remember.
3. A list of references, online as well as in your own personal library, with page numbers if you must have them for future reference! There is nothing like "knowing" a fact and realizing after you have gone to print that no, indeed, you mis-remembered that puppy.
4. A list of types of scenes so that you do not have the same type of act occurring in one book and then recurring in another. Examples:
Gun fights, wrestling?
Any scene that is distinctive...and which your readers will become bored reading once again, only with different people this time!
Notice I did not list such scenes as kissing, love scenes, arguments. These are part and parcel of fiction, especially romance.
5. For any specific type of fiction, do yourself a favor and build a reference library on that issue. Why? You need to be as accurate about your details of murdering someone, as you do about geography and context of time and place.
Readers appreciate it and sales depend on it.
I will illustrate: I buy A LOT of books. Recently, I read one by a new NYT achiever. Her works were tauter and I bought one. Well, never again. I happen to know quite a bit about the place and the subject she took on in her novel and let me just say that by page 40 or so, she and I were done done done. She continues to be a NYT bestseller, but she will never sell another book to me.
She did not honor me...and thousands of others just like me (this is no small town I lived in nor was the subject one that is obscure) will never darken her door again.
And so now, for the proof that I might know what I speak of, I have written all these series:
My Regency series, The Stanhope Challenge, buy links at Amazon
My medieval series, Swords of Passion, buy links at Amazon:
- At Her Service: http://amzn.to/UxdKPk
- For Her Honour: http://amzn.to/VG3Nyn
- WITH HER KISS http://amzn.to/156cqdn
Swords of Passion
My contemporary western BDSM series, KNIGHTS IN BLACK LEATHER, buy links at Amazon:
- TIE ME DOWN: http://amzn.to/VCiIfA
- ROPE ME IN: Ebook: http://amzn.to/13aBAob
- Print: http://amzn.to/UrcFHn
- The historical prequel: STEAL ME AWAY http://amzn.to/1884udJ