Character Sheets

The keys are flying as I pour out all the thoughts I have about my characters, even if I wrote it before. This time there are flashes of colors, scents, and more ambitions. Exercising my own advice, my character sheets are growing. Doing this process over again has shed some blocks and confusion that I had when I jumped right into writing the first chapter only to come to a halt. I need to spend more time on world building and character development to clear the fuzz. My writing is taking a much needed turn of the page to create a better workflow.

Reading through my first chapter, I glossed over the details leading to the entrance into a new fantasy world.  I want to open with action but I don’t want my readers to be so confused with what’s going on that I can’t keep everything straight.  Jarring them with the right scenes is important.  In other words, this calls for ordered chaos. 

Imagine waking up in a completely different world one day, you’re going to have questions. I can’t leave my audience hanging too long or they’ll close the book.  Even if my characters are running for their lives upon waking, I’m going to answer the reader’s questions in order.  I’ve seen movies and books flash back and forth from present to future or two different worlds but a writer still needs to create a sense of order for the reader.

If you’ve come to a block, or can’t sit back down in your chair.  Start over before you started writing chapters.  Look at the character sheets, story boards, and setting development.  There’s probably something you glossed over or missed.  Once your gears start turning, you’ll understand my point.  Doing this exercise clears the cobwebs in your brain and creates a clearer picture of your story.  You remember why your protagonist started this journey.  Or you might realize, where you veered off from your character sheets and have a conflict of personality.  Box and unbox.

Using the tools of other writers, might end my cycle of madness, my thousand page pitch, because I’m working out the fluff that doesn’t need to fill my story. Yes, I realize the madness must end because I write to more stories not spending my time writing nothing.

Follow as I post on my progress throughout the month and share the experience.

~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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