I have been trying harder to work on my characters' inner narratives. When one writes, they struggle with all that show versus tell nonsense and forget they are conjuring a faux-life. I have been trying to ask myself all sorts of questions about my characters.
What would get on their nerves? Do they have certain words they are fixated on? What would distract them from a conversation? What is something that would endear them to a person, or vice versa? Would they have a social media account, and if so what would they post and how would they use it? What do they do on a day off?
This is all stuff I don't think you'll ever see explicitly on the written page, but it will be something readers will feel through the character's presence. It is already benefiting my current projects and I am excited to ship this next phase of my catalog. If I can say anything as an indie author it's that I have improved in my execution and process. Maybe that big breakthrough is around the bend after all.
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