Wednesday, November 2, 2016

What is your favorite character? IWSG

Time again for an insecure post. Created by Alex J. Cavangaugh this baby has grown into something amazing. To read what others have written go here.

The question of the month is...

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?


I love my characters. I think most writers love their heroes but I love them all. From hero to minor character to villain. 

Of course it helps to know their backstory. I do even though most of that is never included in the story. I put my characters through the meat grinder. They are challenged, tested, abused until they cry out. Then they recover or overcome or both. And yes, sometimes they die. 

I have two favorite characters to date. Prince Healden and Missie from my first epic fantasy, The Treasures of Carmelidrium. Healden is pronounced Hel-din. Like Heather, you don't say heat-her. Healden is a real name. It is Teutonic and means 'protector.' If you've read the books you know he does exactly that. 

Missie is a nickname her father gave her. She is a modern American University student and gifted flutist. She is thrust through a portal into a medieval world where her music is the key to saving the world from the evil tyrant, Renwyck, Lord of the Symberveen.

Tall order. I have many favorite scenes but here's one that brings a smile to my lips. Missie's given name is Michelle. She's just found out that Healden is romantically interested in her. Frustrated by her circumstance she let's lose. 

Healden frowned and raised his hand, running his fingers through his thick hair. “I assure you, my Lady. My intentions are honorable.”
    “Honorable, what does that mean? I’ve known more than one charming, good looking guy. Besides, you’re a prince, and…I’m…a commoner.”
    “You are hardly common, my Lady.”
    She glared at him with emphasis. “To the point, your Highness, I will be no man’s mistress.” 
    To her aggravation, Healden’s mouth began to twitch at the corners. “I hope not.”
   “I am a commoner, Healden. Everyone knows royalty and commoners don’t mingle. A thousand years ago, nobility and royalty had arranged marriages for profit and land.”
    “A thousand years ago in your world. My Lady, much has happened, and I understand how difficult all this must be for you. Accept my apology and allow me to escort you to dinner.”  He held out his hand.

Ahhh...heart flutter.

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Who is your favorite character? Someone you created or someone from a favorite book?



Chrys Fey said...

Without characters, we wouldn't have stories to write.

My dad used to call me Missie when I was little. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We all have favorite character and we usually come back to them.

Meka James said...

Without love for our characters there would be no story. My favorite always seem to be the 'bad boy', the villain if you will. I don't know why, but it might have something to do with the fact that when I write them there is a no holds barred thing. They don't act within the constraints of the 'norm' because they just don't care. It's kind of freeing to work with a character like that. And if (that's a big IF) they are redeemed, it's great to see the turn around and have gone on that journey.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nancy - without characters life wouldn't be worth living ... real-life ones, story ones, films, poems, theatre, historical etc ... all can weave tales for us .. such a great choice - cheers Hilary

emaginette said...

They do pump life into a story. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

N. R. Williams said...

Love that name, of course, Chrys.

True, Alex.

Villains are fun to write, Meka.

Always nice to hear from you, Hilary.

True, Emaginette.

Thanks all for coming by.

Caitlin Lane said...

Working with characters is so much fun. Whether it's writing them or simply thinking about them, it's definitely a perk of the job!

Shannon Lawrence said...

I love my characters, too! If we don't, how can we expect others to?

dolorah said...

I love developing my characters. All of them :)

Cool excerpt Nancy.

Crystal Collier said...

Mmm. Characters indeed. I'm of the opinion that if you don't love them, the book will never get written.

You have a fun dynamic going in that excerpt. Super fun.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, Caitlin, Shannon, Donna and Crystal

Characters are the bomb.

Diane Burton said...

The character comes first when the spark hits me. I love all my heroines. They are strong and funny--sometimes inadvertently--and they love the heroes. They aren't afraid to go after what they want.

N. R. Williams said...

Love that Diane.