Visualizing Actors as Characters

If you’ve read some of the earlier posts on here, you know that I like using images in my mind of actors who my characters might look like. I realize that we all conjure up ideas in our minds based on the written descriptions ourselves, but this is a technique that several authors I know have used or are using to keep them tuned into the vividness of physical and sometimes behavioral presentation as they create their characters.

So I’ve mentioned Skye, Zalehr, and Eddington, but not Jake. I tried Liam Hemsworth (wouldn’t it be wild to see he and Chris vying for the same woman)? But I think he’s too young looking. I considered several others, including some models, but no one seemed right. Then I started spotting this actor in commercials and I didn’t know his name. Every once in a while there would be a different commercial and there he was again. Suddenly he appeared in Game of Thrones, but I finally got his name from the website for Age of AdalineMichiel Huisman. Haven’t heard his name yet? He’s been acting for awhile, but it won’t be long before his fame spreads, I’m sure.

Anyway, he’s my choice.

DIMENSION NORRÆNA: Breakthrough, the first book of the series, is about to be printed. I anticipate that I should have a copy within a week or two and the e-book I believe will follow shortly after.
My efforts now will be divided between marketing and the re-write of the second book, which I’m very happy with, and teaching my classes. I hope to get it to publishing within another 30-45 days. I’d like it to be available to readers as soon as possible after the first book.

Wrapping up Book One of the Trilogy

Today I finished my first read through and re-write of Book 2 in this trilogy. I’m excited to be at this point because the 2nd pass of the cover happens tomorrow from the publisher of the first book, DIMENSION NORRAENA: Breakthrough. Next week I get the 2nd Pass of the interior pages. To me this means that if there are no further corrections to be made (and I truly hope that is the case) the book should go into printing right after that.

Getting to this point feels really good, but having the book in your hands and on your tablet is an entirely different and thrilling experience. There is a sense of accomplishment in seeing and feeling the fruits of your labor and I can’t wait. Well- I have to wait anyway, but I’m still excited.

Something I did with this first book and will also do now with the second is to make two different charts. One follows the methodology of Al Watt—dividing the writing of the book into three acts with sub categories in each of them. My chart will have laid out on the back of a large desk calendar or butcher paper, each of the acts and categories within them with space below. Then I’ll go to each chapter and see if I have written material that meets the aim of each category. After that I will take another piece of paper and draw a big circle and divide it up into 12 pie pieces. I will use Vogler’s 12 Essential Elements of a novel as headings for these sections and do the same thing, using what and where I have met the requirements.

I do this as a guide, a check list of sorts to make sure I have not missed some important aspect of making my novel not only complete, but stronger. It doesn’t guarantee that my book will be good, but it makes me feel more confident that what I am delivering to readers is coherent and keeps people interested in the story. More on this tomorrow!

WHEN LIFE INTERFERES…

During the last month and a half my wonderful mother began her decline and we lost her on March 14, just before the Ides of March, which she always worried about. Travelling back and forth between her state and mine, numerous phone calls with siblings and a primary focus on being with her and then celebrating her life eventually, took precedent over most of the rest of my thoughts.

Like you, dear reader (and I call you that because you are taking your time to read my blog) life experiences get in the way of our endeavors. They also add to our ability to savor life and all that we observe. If you are a writer or aspiring to become an author, tragedy, unexpected events, accidents, loss and negativity can be just as wonderful in shaping your writing as all the happy, positive times. I’m sure you know this, but for me, it takes a place in my story.

Even before my personal journey through this stage of life, I wrote about death in Dimension Norræna. And in the second book of this trilogy, Skye Winter, my lead character, must deal with the emotions involved with loss as well. Having your own encounters with a wide array of emotional circumstances will only enhance more fully the characters you write about.

That said, I am ready to climb back on my horse and begin to contribute ideas and knowledge that I have and am gaining daily about being a writer. I’m so glad that you are joining me and hope you will comment or ask questions on these posts, as I’d love to give back what I can.

I just received the First Pass Interior pages and the cover design, so it’s getting really exciting and I can’t wait to be able to show it to you.