I am a member of a small writer’s group online and on Monday, one of our members asked what was up, what are we doing, what are our goals for the week? I said I’d been thinking. “Thinking is writing, right?” I was being kind of funny, but in all seriousness, thinking is a large part of the writing process. The other day, one of my author friends said she’d spent the day thinking about the characters in her new series and she felt like a slacker for day dreaming all day… but to me, that’s an essential part of plotting, putting the story together, getting an idea of who you’re writing about and why anyone cares about them (those are the first two questions I try to answer before I even start writing).
With me, thinking often begins with casting. WHO are my main characters? What do they look like? What are their quirks? What are their physical properties? How tall is s/he? It helps to create the backstory that I keep in my mind and then liberally disperse throughout the story.
I spent some time last night finding images that fit the “cast” of SAME TIME NEXT WEEK in my head. I’ve always had an idea of what each character looked like, but I hadn’t bothered to find pictures because…well frankly I hadn’t planned on pubbing this story….. and secondly, *I* know what they look like! Anyway, I put together into an album on my Author Page on facebook if you’re interested in links and random stuff I put there… but here is the cast for your viewing pleasure and a few tidbits of info about each character.
Age: Mid 30’s
Occupation: Former member of music group Boy Wonder, current Music Director for rock star Rod Phillips of Rod Phillips Band
Loves: Peanut butter, music, sunsets, tequila (when consumed in a certain way), chocolate
Hates: People he can’t trust
Shelby Morris- Torres
Occupation: Bartender, Waitress, bar owner, student
Loves: Chocolate, wine, books, tequila (curious, eh?), peaceful surroundings
Hates: Insomnia, false accusations, chick who just can’t let stuff go
Age: Mid 50’s
Occupation: Real Estate Tycoon
Loves: Top shelf scotch, young women, high end bars and restaurants, exotic vacations
Hates: Losing control, negative press
Age: Late 30’s /early 40’s
Occupation: None listed, but she has a hobby that keeps her father on his toes
Loves: Money, money, money
Age: Early 30’s
Occupation: Rock’s reigning prince, leader of Rod Phillips band, rock star
Loves: Women, booze, paparazzi, attention, his biceps, sleeveless shirts
Hates: Anything that keeps him from any of the above.
Roberto & Evelyn Torres
Ages: Early 70’s
Occupation: Retired Teacher/Administrator
Loves: Shelby, unconditionally. Also model planes and cars
Hates: The “Lucas Thing”