Character Sketch: (Old Man) Blue

The character sketches were a collaborative effort; a rough road map to understanding our characters. As we continued to co-write Charlotte’s Journey, this was a way to keep the “shape”, or a baseline, of a character in mind; so we didn’t create two competing arcs as we wrote first drafts.

Blue was introduced to give our party of adventurers a martial ability that neither Charlotte nor Raul posses. In some ways, he is the avatar of the barbarian hero that Charlotte so idolises, but he also makes it necessary that she practice her diplomatic skills by endlessly teasing Raul. Blue is really there for colour; he’s comic relief, deus ex machina, and occasionally a sounding board for a lesson Charlotte needs to learn. For all that, we still love him.

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Character Sketch: Lucinda Brubaker

The character sketches were a collaborative effort; a rough road map to understanding our characters. As we continued to co-write Charlotte’s Journey, this was a way to keep the “shape”, or a baseline, of a character in mind; so we didn’t create two competing arcs as we wrote first drafts.

Lucinda is an interesting character to write. Though we do meet her early in the story, for the most part, she won’t be there. We only know this character through her pupil (as James says, “through memoir and imagination”). She’s the constant teacher and it’s her influence (as it affects Charlotte) that we truly see, yet through those lessons, we get to know her.

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Character Sketch: Sandy (Lane)

The character sketches were a collaborative effort; a rough road map to understanding our characters. As we continued to co-write Charlotte’s Journey, this was a way to keep the “shape”, or a baseline, of a character in mind; so we didn’t create two competing arcs as we wrote first drafts.

Sandy is androgynous through terrifying reputation, and we’ve challenged ourselves to relate this without using any pronouns for…Sandy. It’s turned out to be kind of fun, and surprisingly, not as hard as we thought. Read Sandy’s character sketch closely and you’ll see what we mean…
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Character Sketch: Raul de Madera

The character sketches were a collaborative effort; a rough road map to understanding our characters. As we continued to co-write Charlotte’s Journey, this was a way to keep the “shape”, or a baseline, of a character in mind; so we didn’t create two competing arcs as we wrote first drafts.

After coming up with the appropriate characters required for our story, we spent some time hashing out important details together before each going off to capture our thoughts alone. The next week we shared what we came up with; for the most part, we agreed on broad strokes, and allowed the differing minutia to sway the sketches to their betterment. There were only a couple points where we had different, competing ideas in mind, and we were forced to debate until compromise was reached; always for the good of the story. (For the record—Raul was not one of those debates.) Continue reading “Character Sketch: Raul de Madera”

Character Sketch: Charlotte Hargrave

The character sketches were a collaborative effort; a rough road map to understanding our characters. As we continued to co-write Charlotte’s Journey, this was a way to keep the “shape”, or a baseline, of a character in mind; so we didn’t create two competing arcs as we wrote first drafts.

Committing a character sketch to “paper” always felt like a good idea to me—to capture the history, thoughts, feelings, and character arc all in one place—but for some reason, I never tried it until now. Will it work? Does it allow for growth in a character? Do we rewrite it as the story evolves? With Charlotte, we’re going to find out. Continue reading “Character Sketch: Charlotte Hargrave”