Howdy, blogosphere! Hope you're all doing fabulous!
I just finished reading an eBook called The Mythic Guide to Characters by Antonio del Drago from Mythic Scribes and wanted to share some of the insight.
I found it to be a helpful in depth look at fleshing out characters. If you're in the initial character sketching phase, you may find this book especially beneficial. Even though my first draft is already done, I still found the techniques intriguing and useful for getting into my character's head even deeper.
Just to give you an idea, the author discusses the three layers to characters:
1. Character's unconscious mind
2. How character relates to the world
3. Character's role in the story
Each layer is gone over in detail using the Enneagram and Bartle Types methods. Examples from popular modern day stories are also used to help clarify. I used these techniques on index cards for my main characters of Butterman Travel, Inc. and was able to dredge up some things I hadn't realized before, so that was cool!
By now I think most of us writers know that the secret to writing great fiction is in the characters. I understand this better each and every year I continue to pursue storytelling.
I particularly liked Mythic Guide's video game approach into types of characters, which delved into the way people play video games as insight into human nature. Very interesting stuff!
It also goes into the different relationships that shape who we are, and how these relationships can and should shape our characters.
There's a nice worksheet at the end that can be used for every story.
if you get a chance to check out The Mythic Guide to Characters, i think you'll also find it useful. I did find the voice a teensy bit dry, and I may argue some points in the dialog section for using fragments, but other than that, the general content is great stuff. And the eBook's only $4.99 on Amazon. (Links above)
Today is the official cover reveal for Catherine Stine's Ruby's Fire!
Artwork by Jay Montgomery. Isn't it great?
Ruby's Fire is book 2 in Catherine Stine's YA futuristic thriller series. You can find the full story synopsis on GoodReads, And find Catherine on her blog and website.
So I saw Star trek Into Darkness yesterday. If you haven't seen it and don't want any reviews tainting you, skip this paragraph. My honest thoughts were that the story was too predictable. Again they borrowed from Star Trek II Wrath of Khan for the plot, which I thought worked well on the first reboot, but this time ... well, it was entertaining, I'll give it that. I thoroughly enjoyed all the actors--they did a fab job once again. But I really hope the next film has a brand new story with new villains and new worlds, although the actor who played this new Khan was pretty darn good. (even tho I kept thinking of the first Khan...lol)
How about you? Seen Star Trek yet? Any thoughts? How about the character layers or Mythic Guide to Characters? Familiar with any of the techniques or the book? Have you read Fireseed One? Know Catherine Stine? She's great--pop over to her blog and say hello!