Organising Characters

Organising Characters

What do you do when writing a series? Re-organise the characters. Especially when you realise you made two lists that are not the same. Oops! If you are like me then you tend to have a soft spot for all the minor characters and name them too. So how many names can you have after writing three books? Try over 100, and counting. Add into the mix an epic journey and it increases three fold.

Keeping Track

There is something special about characters. While merging the two lists I could remember each of them. Then I came across a character that threw me off because he was known by his nickname. Mental note: must keep better notes! It is so much easier to keep track as you go through the story. Rather than waiting until afterward. It is always fun when you forget an occupation, or place the character was from.

Finding Details

If you are not the best at writing down details don’t stress. I would still be staring at a blank page instead of having three manuscripts. If I had waited to find out whom my characters were. The truth is they grow with the story. So what you knew at the beginning will not be the same as what you find out later on. Writing a series can be tricky. Oops, where did I leave that character? It also helps to note who died, or more to the point who is not supposed to come back from the dead.

Time for Notes

When working with a complex plot and many details there is bound to be more than one file. It helps to have a ‘cheat’ sheet to flip back to at those crucial moments. I may have difficulty filling out a full character sheet. Yet managing 163 characters and counting not a problem. Until I accidentally split the file that is. The details were pretty stark to begin with yet in time they became much more. Thank goodness I am only part way through the series, it is going to be hard to say goodbye.

Published by Chantelle Griffin

The ultimate quest is about to begin. If you love fantasy with adventure and a hint of the unexpected. Escape into fantasy, and the mystical world of magic mixed with adventure. Where you are in good company. Although chose your company wisely. There are anti-heroes, wizards, and a range of chaotic characters ahead. Not to mention dragons. A fantasy world set in an ancient mythical world has to have dragons. Tales of sword and sorcery with danger thrown in. Captivated Chantelle from a young age. Reading until all hours of the night to find out what would happen to the characters. There was just one problem the fantasy world was not enough. The story would finish far too soon. Hidden away in the distant past the life of a fantasy writer began. The real life struggles have been a saga all of their own for author Chantelle Griffin. Originally known as Chantelle Lowe and born in Tasmania, Australia. Her dreams haunted her from an early age. Vivid tumultuous dreams carrying adventure and danger. Took the author into her own fantasy world filled with sorcery and treachery. A story that continues to captivate her writing. If you love fantasy with adventure follow the Legacy of Zyanthia series.

2 thoughts on “Organising Characters

  1. I can’t imagine what it would be like to write a series. It’s definitely something I would like to try. I think my issue would be the same: keeping up with who I added, who is still around, and who I killed off. Perhaps in my genre, it might be easier, but it still presents a challenge.

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