Authors Note: My character is NOT based on Ginger Howard–my character is African American, female, and wears a “baseball cap.” That is the ONLY similarity to the above image (still, I thought it would be cool to highlight Ginger Howard’s accomplishments!)
So, today I finished the character sketch for my 2nd Draft of my short story, The Independent. I won’t go into too much detail here, but I do want to tell a little bit about the process. I’m trying to create a character that resembles a real life person (who is larger than life).
One of the things that I decided was that I wanted to make sure that I did was to give Ryn a “history.” I’ve tried to do that by creating a link between her and the past generations of her family by giving her a family heirloom that she uses in the story that gives her an emotional hook to both her past and her present. I’ve done that by giving her a “baseball cap” that is her father’s and is really important to her and her father.
Space Story grounded in “Reality”
In Star Wars, Mark Hamill is said to have been concerned about the unreality of the story, but Alec Guinness was supposed to have helped him by reminding him that even in fantasy, their has to be a link to reality. That’s one of things that I tried to do with this character sketch by making sure that I gave Ryn a true “reality.” I hope that it is a not a trite reality, but I wanted to try to create something that is more “realistic” than what I normally write.
One Surprising Thing
One thing that surprised me as I was doing this character sketch was the background section. The background for Ryn came together in a surprising way and I was surprised that I came up with this particular background for her. I don’t know that it will stick (ie that I will keep it or use it for the story), but I really think that it us both unique and quite strange (for me).
Anyway, I found that Ryn was a great character to come up with a Character Sketch for my 1st (well, 2nd time) out in a while. I intend to make this step something that I do for my 2nd drafts and hopefully this will making my stories better.
- Current Work-in-Progress: The Independent (Sci-Fi Short-Story – 2nd Draft)
- Current Work-in-Progress: Project Star (Sci-Fi Short-Story -1st Draft)
- Current Work-in-Progress: Ship of Shadows (Sci-Fi Graphic Novel – Script, Issue #1, Currently on Script Page 25)