Over the years, she had a variety of interests.
Baking and cooking “from scratch” lead her to
gourmet cooking for her family and friends.
She enjoyed preparing a few ethnic dishes
–enchiladas with red chile sauce,
chicken tamales; Asian soups and stir-fry;
her mother’s Spaghetti and Meatballs. One year,
facing into another cold and snowy winter
in the mountains, she tried her hand at
Eastern Indian fare.
Writing about yourself in third person, as if you were your own fictional character, is an exercise we’ve looked at in an earlier blog. You know your history, quirks, qualities, likes and dislikes. With all of that background information, you can readily fictionalize yourself…put yourself in a circumstance and consider your reactions based on what you know of yourself.
You can apply this same type of exploration when it comes to your fictional characters, the ones that your imagination has conjured.
Giving your character a DOSSIER enables you to write a character with believability. Before you put your character in a situation, don’t you think that you, as the writer, should have that omniscient author’s privilege of knowing them fully? In order to effectively write this character(s) it is necessary to understand where they’ve come from, what their motivations are, what they are distressed by, how they dress, who and what they love, etc. There are fictional character dossier templates online. Enjoy the process.