Writers don’t just write. We research. And we think. A lot.
That’s what I’ve been doing the past two weeks. I’m venturing into a world of mystery. And, I’m birthing a new character to live in that world.
The vast majority of books I’ve read in my adulthood have been of the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genres. Yet, I started out writing 20th Century historicals. I won’t bore you with reasons why. Just know that I’ve righted myself and am now going deep into writing a private detective/mystery series.
This story has evolved from the ideas and plans I wrote here in December, where it was a much different set of circumstances. The transformation a simple idea can take is astounding, even to the writer who developed it.
In the past two weeks, I’ve been creating the personality of my main character. She’s no wimpy girlie-girl. Getting to know her was much like raising one of my own children but at warp speed.
When I began, I had no idea that a story character could take over the reigns and develop the remainder of her bio on her own, but she has! Talk about independent and headstrong!
Her 1st draft name is Sloane Reed. Sloane has decided she needs some kickass skills but not so many that she’s anything like superwoman.
She has vulnerabilities like you and I but hates to admit that so, I created those for her. It wasn’t easy getting her to agree to my choices but, I’m no wimpy girl either.
One of the skills she insists on claiming is that of expert sharpshooter. Sloane is a deadeye with everything from a revolver to an assault rifle to a submachine gun. I told her that’s a lot of firepower for a private investigator and most of it will go unused but, she was adamant.
I tried explaining that I have no experience in shooting guns.
She said, “Learn.”
Sloane has given me no choice but to learn to shoot and experiment with a variety of firearms. There is a shooting range in my teeny town and they’ll rent me a gun or two for practicing. I’m also arranging for some instructive pointers. I’ll let you know how I make out.
I have some experience with target practice. I learned archery in high school and, for many years after, I practiced wherever I could find a range. I’m getting back into that, as well.
I wonder if I can still even see the bullseye, let alone hit it?
So, I figure, if I’m a good shot with a bow and arrow, how hard could shooting a gun be? I guess I’ll find out.
Apparently, being a skilled markswoman is not enough for Sloane. She also wants to be an expert in martial arts. You know what that means, right?
Yes, I’ll have to gain some experience in martial arts, myself. I love kickboxing, though I’ve only done it in aerobics class.
I have a feeling Sloane would chose something more lethal.
Tae Bo is a great combination of the boxing I love and the martial arts she wants.
Sloan will get the credibility she needs in the realm of fitness and fighting.
Sloane has also informed she needs a pet but, not an ordinary pet. One that matches her personality. Hmm…I’ve had a decent variety of pets throughout my life. I’m sure I can come up with something to suit her. No ordinary puppies or kittens for this bad girl!
This tug of war on personality traits, skill sets and other amenities with Sloane will be ongoing until the book is complete. I don’t mind. She’s becoming quite the SSS woman – Sexy, Smart and Strong!
I’m going to LOVE living vicariously through my new best friend, Sloane Reed!
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What character might you live through vicariously? Please fill me in!