Saw this on Reddit, with the title: There are two kinds of girls out at 2am.
Needless to say, I am as hopelessly in love with the girl with the donut as it is possible for a sane person to be with an unknown woman in a gif. There’s just something so remarkably likable about her honesty and her sheer zest for life–or at the very least for creme-filled pastries. I particularly like the way she is just so intent and satisfied with her food, and then her adorably non-judgmental reaction to the two people making out. I mean, good for them I’m sure they’re very happy together,
but give me donut girl any day of the week.
What does this have to do with My Romance Novel? Excellent question. But first let me say hello from a short absence in which time my loopy pain meds from the hospital wore off and I’ve been in agonizing pain for several days waiting for the swelling in my ankle to go down. I don’t know if being an addict in my former life managed to suck out all my endorphins or whatever, but this crappy percocet didn’t do shit. So I’m currently sitting on about 6 hours of maybe deep sleep since Tuesday (it’s Friday now). So maybe I’m kind of coming from a weird place with the whole donut girl thing, but let’s wait and see.
So here’s the connection:
I found this girl instantly charming and likable in a 12-second gif. How do I do that with my character Sara in the book? How do I introduce her in such a way as to immediately set her up as, maybe a mess, maybe a little weird, but ultimately very likable and someone you want to root for, and more importantly, spend the next 75k words with–that’s the number of words, about 250 pages, recommended for a romance novel. That is also, coincidentally, about the length of my latest science-fiction novel, so I know that it’s a lot of work to get there.
But let’s not concentrate on that at the moment. Instead, let’s figure out how we can introduce Sara, as quickly as possible, as the kind of character we want to see succeed in her imaginary existence. No, in fact, let’s drop the pretenses. For the purposes of what we’re doing, Sara is a living, breathing woman with everything from a health history to a social security number–even if said number is 555-55-5551 or whatever we can get away with.
Next up: Creating Sara Maincharacter