EDITING 101: 59 – Character Profiles…

Another chance to hone your own editing skills with the step by step guide provided by Susan Uttendorfsky of Adirondack Editing.. this is number 59 of the series so you can see how much information is included.. #recommended

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Character Profiles

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser (101:21), I’m almost 100% certain that at some point, you’ll have to keep track of your characters’ details. The plotter/pantser post also covered some practical ways that some authors make sure these details are fresh in their minds—or, at least, quickly available.

However, before you can list these precious tidbits of information, you have to either discover them (if your story leads you) or decide on them (if you lead your story). The obvious information is focused on physical appearance: eye color, hair color, stature, body shape, etc. But sometimes authors neglect to round out their profiles with other information that can play a critical part in your story. I’m talking about…

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

3 thoughts on “EDITING 101: 59 – Character Profiles…

  1. More great advice from Susan. Unless you know your characters as well as you know your best friends you will never hear their voices. Once you start hearing their voices (and if you are not diagnosed as schizophrenic) the book really starts to write itself because you know instinctively what your characters will and wont do and that not only determines direction but also plot and pace.

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