Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Character's Background

So, I'm not exactly new to this whole writing thing. I've published three books, and wrote three more that never saw daylight. However, I've lately started to do something new when I write. I start with the character's background.

Each character added gets some background. A minor character will get a paragraph. An important character will get 200-300 words. The point is, it gives me some feel for the character. It also prevents idiotic mistakes like having all major characters in the book be single children with no siblings. This happened in my last book, and I had to change it after the book was written, because it made no sense.

So I'm starting with two cops. This is a sci-fi story in the near future. The near future is swamped with social networks. They intersect, fill every little pore of your life, and privacy is a thing of the past. The first cop is a young and rising star. His control and expertise in the various social media outlets assist him in cracking case after case. However, his girlfriend just left him after meeting another man in a network called "My point of view" (or POV for short). Those of you who have some basic shady internet knowledge can probably guess the nature of this social network.

The second cop is an old cop. He and his wife separated during a time named "the privacy crisis". During the crisis in which pretty much everything was exposed, he found out she was having two virtual affairs and one physical. They divorced, she took the children with her and he moved to a different city. Failing to follow the influx of various social networks, he became slowly outdated, and is concidered a failure in the precint.

And there you have it. The actual background I made for them is much thicker. but I just wanted the gist of it here.

By the way, my previous post had the word "seriously" in it at least three times. I figured it out while I was making dinner for the kids. I'm going to be writing this blog fast, and will read each post only once after I'm done (which is unusual for me). I'll live with the terrible errors of repeating words and spelling mistakes, or this blog will be dropped in a couple of days.

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