Saturday, November 15, 2008

Character thumbnails

The character thumbnails of my Patagonia book have been re-instated above my desk. I have a duplicate set in the shed for when I work in there.

In clockwise order from the top left are:
Megan James with children Myfanwy and Gwyneth
Silas James, her husband
Jacob Davies (Megan's brother)
The Jones family (including Miriam, the eldest daughter)
Selwyn Williams
Cecilia Owen
Edwyn Owen (Cecilia's husband).

I am trying to finish the editing before Christmas but it is going very slowly. So, in order to motivate myself, I am going to record my progress on this blog.

At the moment I am on chapter 7,
p 35 of 397


Blogger Kay said...

I am so excited that you are in the throes of another great book and look forward to following your progress with you.

Sun Nov 16, 11:10:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Hi Kay! It's the same old book, I'm afraid - but this may be the final furlong, perhaps!

Sun Nov 16, 11:08:00 pm  
Blogger aliholli said...

hey Ive just zoomed in and read all the characteristics, I think I may have a bit of Megan in me and my husbs is a bit Silasesque! Good luck!and make sure you fit aerobics in between editting, "to create energy expend energy" (or something like that!)

Sun Nov 16, 11:16:00 pm  
Blogger Susangalique said...

wow! that is really interesting and cool to see how you do that.

Sun Nov 16, 11:25:00 pm  
Anonymous Mary said...

I have to agree with susangalique's comment about how interesting it is to see your character thumbnails. The process of writing is different for everyone, of course, by I don't think most people get a chance to see how writers work things up on a practical level. When it comes to writing fiction, I don't have a character until I have a name. I pour through baby name books, plus have a notebook of interesting last names I've collected, in order to find the proper name for a character. Then I work up some life details (birth date, description, basic back story) on index cards. I've not used pictures, though.

Mon Nov 17, 04:19:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Ali - maybe a little of Megan - and maybe a little Miriam - but definitely not any Cecilia! Actually, thinking about it, you're much more like Miriam. Miriam wears her skirts short so she can move around more!

Thanks S, and yes, Mary, as you say, I am sure every writer is different. Interesting what you say about the importance of names. For me, they are not quite as important, I think - the character tends to come first, and the name only later - but having said that the name has to fit! Mine have all had several, but I think I am going to stick with these now.

Mon Nov 17, 04:55:00 am  
Blogger jem said...

Great to see a little insight into your working practice - and naturally I'm drawn to the guy on the bottom right, because he has no notes about him...

Mon Nov 17, 11:18:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

That is Yelue, Jem - my Tehuelche shaman. I am ignoring his chapters for the moment, but looking forward to revisiting him soon. I am very fond of Yelue.

Mon Nov 17, 10:57:00 pm  

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