Normally (or if I had time to post properly it would be normally), Tuesdays are for my dating updates and relationship posts, but today, as we countdown to #NaNoWriMo, I want to look at a different kind of relationship: The relationship between author and character(s).
Romance is in my veins. I started devouring Harlequin novels in Brazil when I was thirteen, and at the age of eighteen I was translating them. Then, years later, I parted my ways with romance to dedicate my reading time exclusively to “serious” literature.
When I decided to write my first novel, though, there was no question it would be romance. While working on RED: A Love Story, I reconnected with the genre and read a number of erotic novels for reference. I was surprised at how things had changed since I last held a steamy book in my hands: now things were bold, kinky, edgy. Hot hot hot! Continue reading Romance heroines enjoy sexual freedom like never before. Do they?
And by “three things,” I mean personality traits.
The English teacher in me feels a need to explain what personality traits are. So please indulge me, and I’ll explain it the way I would to my kiddos:
Personality traits aren’t things that make you pretty, or at least not in the purely superficial, outer appearance kind of way. Instead they are the things that make you an individual. When looking at characters in stories, books, movies, or television shows, you have to be able to determine a person’s personality (or moral character) by looking at their actions, or how they say things. A character who beats up another character for his lunch money is probably a bully. His actions might be that he speaks angrily, or that he inflicts pain without thinking about his actions. Thus his personality traits might be described as: insensitive, rude, brash, or (if we want to give him a positive spin) forceful.
“These things are inferred….”
And then the lesson could continue. For my purposes here, I don’t think I need to give anyone a reading assignment. Of course, if you want one, let me know, and by all means I will oblige with an appropriately relevant passage and questions.
A passage from The Story of O would make for an interesting character study…
“To say that from the moment her lover had left, O began to await his return would be an understatement. She turned into pure vigil, darkness in waiting expectation of light.” —Pauline Réage Continue reading Day 6: 3 Things to Be Proud Of.