A character challenge

28/04/2013 17:51

I’ve been doing some more writing on Empty Skies & Sunlight (mostly incorporating some ideas about flying and the necessary clothes), and I’ve got two challenges that I’ve started to tackle…


As mentioned in the previous post, one of my characters is based on someone I used to know. Absolutely charming, utterly fragile, manipulative and enthralling and a broken person that I wanted to help heal: and who, I eventually realised, wanted to keep those cracks because those were his attraction. So it will be a real challenge to try to a) write a prior relationship between him and Anoe, and b) get his character across, trying to convey the charm and the cracks with the same intensity and emotion that the real person had. If I can’t, the character will fall flat: if I get the cracks but no charm, he’ll simply be manipulative; if I get the charm but no cracks, his actions will make no sense. So…hum. I’ve started to write him, and I’m already appreciating how difficult it’s going to be: but then that’s part of the fun of writing.


The second one is my pirate lady – she’s going to be so much fun, but I’m very used to writing people that have one character base. To write someone that is a mix of extremes and opposites is going to be entertaining. I was also thinking about her, and I have a feeling that her relationship with Anoe is not as one-dimensional as I’d like – although they do hate each other, I think they could love each other as well. It’s one situation where I will simply let the characters interact with each other and see what happens. I can’t force either of them to act in one way, so they are almost real people meeting in reality: there’s no way to tell if the hatred or the love will win out in the end. I’m just going to have to keep writing and see what happens.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.