After generating the idea, I worked on characters, made notes about names and specific traits. Their backgrounds came from from people I know, like a collection, to ensure that I can portray them better.
I only concentrated on physical details where it was reasonable, again a lesson from Jonathan . The sole weight lies on the ginger hair of the stalker Tyler, because it reveals that she likes him and later shows his hidden nature, as he hits the drunken guy.

I pondered on my use of third person. First person is more direct, but third stresses the voice change between story and blog entries. In the end, third helped me to use John Singleton’s  advice on having characters speak differently from the author. I stole an idea, too: the Opal book series uses simple sentences, while blank lines work as an ellipsis of time like the cuts in films .

The prologue of Sabatina’s “Sterben sollst du für dein Glück” promised a great story about Pakistani family disputes and gender roles, but she described very generally . Her few references to weird European toilets grabbed me the most. Therefore, I focussed on using concrete detail from the start like the drinks in the club, the dancing stage or the type of assignments Amelie worries about.

Next find some structural decisions.


  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh said...
    You are really pouring a lot of thought into this!
    Elizabeth Mueller said...
    I think starting out with characters is a great thing! My stories unravel with everything in there. Have fun!

    Can Alex save Winter from the darkness that hunts her?
    YA Paranormal Romance, Darkspell coming soon!

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