Since my last post, it's been back to work for me. I've been inside Rosa's head for the last few days and am really getting to know this unique character, inside and out. She's young and has a lot of growing up to do, but I see a lot of potential for her as the story progresses.
Speaking of which, I now finally have a title for the series and the first book in which Rosa is the main star. The series is entitled Galactic Dynasty and the first book is entitled "Starward". These books are being co-authored with my Muse and have been challenging and fun to write so far. It's a world completely different from the L & L Mysteries and even though I have an outline of where the plot will take the characters, I'm looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds as my fingers fly over the keyboard.
This brings me to a subject that I had never really given much thought to before. But as I was writing a particularly emotional scene for Rosa, it suddenly dawned on me that it was going to be an awesome scene! And why did I think this? Because I was actually shedding a few tears as the scene unfolded.
I'm not sure if other authors get this or not when they're writing. But for me, this is the first time it's happened. Of course, I usually tend to shy away from emotional rollercoasters, but after I finished this scene, I began thinking about other stories I've written and came to realize what I'd been missing out on. Sure, it made me cry and I really don't like to cry. But that's what made the character even more realistic; her very real, human reaction to an emotional situation.
Giving characters depth is a very challenging thing to do. I think it might actually be one of the most challenging aspects to writing because it really forces the author to question how they themselves would handle different situations and then write that down for others to read. The emotions and reactions reveal a little something about the author and sometimes that can be scary. After all, perfect strangers will be reading these novels and in a way, the author is sharing their more intimate thoughts and feelings with those strangers. The only difference is that the author is using a character in a story to portray those feelings instead of coming out and saying "Hey, this is actually me spilling my guts here!"
But it's those very real emotions that draw readers in and helps them to identify with the characters within the story. So, depth of character is crucial and after having written that particular scene for Rosa, I will strive to give my characters the depth that they deserve.
Well, I'm off to continue Rosa's journey. She has a very scary, life-changing decision to make and I don't want to leave her hanging for too long. Until next time...