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#WriterWednesday: Part Of The Family

Open book with golden magic light and falling stars on  dark  backgroundFunny story, when I was writing my first novel, An Unexpected Blessing , I called my husband Alex ( the book’s hero) almost all the time. It got so bad that he would give me the side eye, until the warning came. But then as a creative himself he understood how the characters live with you. Becomes part of your waking and sleeping.

Well I don’t do that anymore, or rather I catch myself before I do. But that doesn’t they are still not with me always. It’s funny because sometimes I’d think of something, a plot idea and I would go “naaah my present heroine wont do that, but oooooweeee the heroine of my next book will.” You see the characters I write I build from the ground up. I know I already told you that their core is getting back the hope they lost or restoration back to where they used to be. If you missed it you can read it here . But all of the characters are as different as their names.

Recently I got this review of A Scoop Of Love “I loved the characters, they felt real and I could relate to all their struggles. I loved the detail in which Unoma writes, every time Ibiso prepared a meal, I did feel like I was there in the kitchen with her. Can’t wait to read book two!”

I loved it, because it took a great deal to build all three Danjuma brothers and the women that will capture their hearts. And I’m glad it reflected in the story.  Nancy Kress says that to be a writer, you must learn to be three people at once:writer, reader, character.

According to Jordan Dane, “It’s not enough to picture their outward appearance. Give them a background and sphere of influence”

I had no clue how to do this until I talked to one of my mentors. She asked, “So who is Yomi?” (Yomi is the hero in my second published work, my Christmas novelette. I said “He is a rich, fine, biracial man.” She said, “And….” I was totally speechless then she sent me a character profile and I have used it ever since. I spend time building my characters before I write a word. At least I have the basics, so what is a character profile…here is a version of what I use

Name

Birthplace:

Family life (or origin) and its effects:

Mother and relationship with her:

Father and relationship with him:

Siblings and relationship with them:

Extended family and relationship with them

Current family life:

Age

Height

Weight and build

Body type

Face type

Predominant feature/Distinguishing marks:

Complexion:

Eyes:

Hair:

Clothing style:

Speaking style:

General demeanor:

Career and social status:

Religious beliefs:

Relationship history:

Health history

Friends:

Prejudices

Best qualities:

Worst qualities:

Bad habits:

Weaknesses:

Hobbies:

Talents:

Personality traits:

Quirks:

Best thing that ever happened to them:

Worst thing that ever happened to them:

Priorities:

Philosophy:

What is most important to them? :

What makes them angry?

There are so many other questions on my sheet. A profile helps when I’m figuring out their dialogue and their reaction to things or what moves and drives them.

To authors, how do you shape the characters in your work.

To readers, do you appreciate the depth of the characters you read.

Please share in the comments

Be Blessed

Unoma

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Holiday Contest. Enter To Win!

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Contest Rules:

  • Contest begins at time of posting and ends Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time. Any submissions after this time are disqualified.
  • In order to be eligible for a prize, participants must submit the correct answers to all scavenger hunt questions via email to unwankwor@kevstelgroup.com with the subject, “Scavenger Hunt”
  • Contestants will be entered to win $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble’s Gift Card. 3 winners will be selected!

 Questions

  1. What school did Feranmi attend?
  2. What was Feranmi’s brother’s name?
  3. Where did Feranmi and Alex first meet?
  4. What was the Feranmi eating when Alex came barging in from Chicago?
  5. What finally brought Alex and Feranmi back together?
  6. What is the meaning of Amarachi?
  7. What did Amara want most in the world?
  8. How did Ejike and Amara first meet?
  9. What did Ejike walk in on when he went in search of Amara in Atlanta?
  10. What made Amara finally forgive her husband and cousin?
  11. Where was Olanma headed for Christmas?
  12. Where did she end up for Christmas and why?
  13. What does Olanma mean?
  14. How did Olanma and Abayomi first meet?
  15. What made Olanma finally forgive her father?

Bonus:

What are the names of the hero and heroine of the upcoming release A Scoop Of Love?

Winners will be announced 12/26/14 by 7 p m EST on my Facebook page.I might give away some bonuses…so just play 🙂

Blessings,

Unoma

2014~ My Writing Goals

2014 goalsThen the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.~ Habakkuk 2:2

Hey everyone, the second week of the year. What’s the outlook? Did you write those goals down?  I believe in writing my goals down and I do pretty good with that.
Normally by the beginning of the year I would tell my readers/followers what to expect. Well its the 10th and I haven’t done that…why? Fear of being held accountable because I have so much I want to get accomplished.
Tonight I’m writing it down and sharing and I hope you all keep me accountable.

Reading

If you don’t have time to write, you don’t have the time (or tools) to write~ Stephen King

With that being said. I decided to take part in a Goodreads reading challenge. I would read 36 books this year by the grace of God. I have three books down already. To take part or see the challenge click here

Right now I’m reading Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray.

I have also committed to actively reviewing everything I read on my blog.Do you have a recommendation for me? Let me know.

Writing

This year I’m hard at work. I aim at pushing myself further while still committed to the best quality possible. For right now, this is what my calendar looks like #prayforme

Amarachi~ The Grace Of God.

A Fighting Chance, Book 1 of Sons of Ishmael Series Itohan & Osaro’s story

A Holiday Story. Not sure of the couple yet or the holiday 🙂

Events

I have some lined up. Once they are set in stone I’ll share.

Blessings

Unoma