A quick run down on what I have so far:
- 2 – # of years I did conceptualization before starting the design process
- 13 – # of days I’ve been laying out the design the series
- 4 – # of main characters for the series
- 3 – # of books in the series
- 500 – # of names of places, people, races, etc I’ve come up to draw from as I create
- 3 – # of maps I’ve created
- 50 – # of images I’ve found that inspire me either as a place or a character
- 20 – # of songs I’ve been listening to while doing the design
- 25 – # of character studies I have done
- 14 – # of groups of people – clans, tribes, and races
- 15 – # of chapters currently planned for book #1
- 4 – # of chapters in book #1 that I’ve done detailed outlines for
- 2 – # of major plot lines in book #1
This is a lot of work in a short amount of time. If I could ask a question, it would be what is the character study specifics that you try and hit. As in, what are the main points. I’ve found some example character study questions, but I would like to hear yours. I’ve never done a detailed version of this, and would like to get your input on it. Thanks! 🙂
Also, when you say you’ve outlined 4 chapters, do you means chapters 1-4, or do you bounce around? I’ve done it a few times where I’ve been on chapter 5 or 6, and then got a chapter in my mind and written it out quickly. I guess this would be the purpose of an outline, but do you ever write outlines for chapters out of order?
I will certainly do a post on what is in my character studies.
As for the outlining – I do mean chapters 1-4 I write and outline sequentially.
Just wondering what you mean by Character Studies? Does this mean you’re studying other characters in fiction? Or are is this a process you follow for learning about your own characters?
In this case characters studies are documenting for my future use aspects of MY characters. I’ll talk about it more in tomorrows post. Thanks for asking.