Making a Character


Rickman – via Alan Rickman Timeless

The black and white image of Alan Rickman dancing in the play inspired a cultural key to Atkinson’s identity, expression, connection, and rejuvenation of the soul.

It’s while Atkinson is away from the Township, away from the confines of structured stones and restricted rules, that his spirit is free. Songs and movements of youth, of a time of innocence, are found once bare feet touch the ground.

Creating a Pinterest Board called ‘Characters of My Imagination’ serves as an eclectic collection of odds and ends, gestures, and expressions that weave themselves into a story, the fabric of a character, in one way or another. A playlist of various YouTube videos also add a spark, a hidden tone, from time to time.

How about you, dear writer? What ingredients have you used to bring your characters to life?

2 thoughts on “Making a Character

  1. Mine tend to pop to mind fully formed in their basics, but then they come out little by little as they’re tested in the action and as they speak their minds in dialogue. They often surprise me, and getting to know them is one of my favorite things about writing. I don’t generally struggle to know what each will say or do, and I almost never have a moment where I feel they step ‘out of character’ because it’s as if they are there and I just give them a page on which to reveal themselves more fully. Once in awhile it’s fun to look for photos that I think represent them, but it can also be a HUGE rabbit hole that takes me away from writing – so I don’t indulge too often.

  2. TommiaW says:

    Beware the rabbit holes! (smile)

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