Thursday Thoughts: Universal Casting

Why do we meet certain people at certain times in our lives? Why do we lose people–for whatever reasons–at others? Karma? God winks? Fate? Just because? I have no clue and I’m open to suggestions. That said, as a writer, I control all those things. The Universe explains it pretty well.

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Silver, have I mentioned that everyone knows exactly what you’re thinking?

How else could you draw new friends from the unseen? How else would your heroes, heroines, and scoundrels know when to appear, or move on? How else would your “stars” get their cues?

True, they think their own thoughts, too. How else would you know who to cast in each scene?

Just thinking of you, and your power to choose.

The Universe
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Yikes… even those thoughts, Silver!

Just like the process of building a world, writers build characters–the good, the bad, and the ugly. And, okaky…also the beautiful. As a character’s creator, it’s up to us to infuse them with personality, with dreams and aspirations, with flaws, and backstory. We need to stuff emotions into them so that they seem real on the page. We move them through the story like a movie director–or a chess master. We give them motivation, words, actions and reactions.

What happens if we don’t do our job? We get two-dimensional characters. Paper dolls that we dress up in cut-out close that are too limp to stand up. Yuck, right? I mean, I played with paper dolls as a kid. Not my favorite activity but I did. I want characters that I want to play with. I want them to be friends–or lovers. I want to dislike the bad guys and boo them, cheering when they get theirs because we all know Karma’s a bitch, right? As a writer, all that is on me. I have to give the characters mouth-to-mouth, breathing life into them so that my readers feel the same way about them.

Writers, do you have an tips on creating characters? Readers, what character do you love to hate?



About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal Casting

  1. Sometimes I wonder if I ever consciously create any character. They all seem to pop into my head fully-formed and then they leave it to me to unveil who they really are. Sometimes I think I do a good job, other times I wonder if I ever convey who I see in my head onto the page so the readers get what I mean. :shrug: All we can is the best we can do.

    • Silver James says:

      The process is different for every writer! And you do an awesome job. Mine pop in, say hi, and introduce themselves. Then they let me stumble around in the dark until they decide tell me who they are. I get their physical presence but they show me the emotional like a slo-mo film. Silly buggers! But you can bet if I get it wrong, they let me know about it! 🤣

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