Ashley and I are so close to starting our next project, but we’re not quite there. The next step for us is ironing out our characters so we can create a consistent feel across the book. This is one thing that is really necessary when you’re creating collaboratively, we found, is making sure we’re both on the same page when it comes to characterization.
It helps when we each have our own characters to write, because then any style differences can be attributed to the character. In the Ancient Greece novel we’re starting soon, we’re going to utilize perspectives from three different characters. At the moment, it’s unclear what chapters each of us are writing. Whether we mix it up 50:50 regardless of character perspectives, or whether we divvy out the characters is still up in the air. There’s a possibility one of us will take on the two (more minor) character perspectives, and the other one of us will take the protagonist. Give or take a few chapters, because our protagonist still has a few extra chapters than the other two combined, I think. But that’s one of the things left to work out.
Do I have a preference? Does Ashley have a preference? Honestly, it probably doesn’t matter. I think I’ll be happy whatever chapters I end up writing. They all look pretty exciting to me, and I can’t wait to see how it pans out!
If you’d like to hear more about developing characters, be sure to listen to the upcoming podcast later this week, where we discuss creating believable characters. We had quite a good dialogue about what it looks like for us, and what we see as being important in bringing a character to life.