Monday, February 6, 2012

I'm Hearing Voices Blogfest- Characters On The Couch


Two wonderful bloggers, Angie Cothran and Cassie Mae, who always keep me smiling, came up with the I'm Hearing Voices Character Blogfest.

I immediately signed up to participate a few weeks ago.  Then I sat down to write the post, looked at the rules, and had a panic attack.  The truth is, I'm in such a weird place with my characters, the idea of bearing their souls on this blog gives me hives.

But I guess that's the point.  So here we go.

This is Anna.  She is the sister of my main character.

What is your biggest vulnerability?  Do others know this or is it a secret?

You've got to be kidding me, doc. I tell you my kryptonite while you nod and fake a scribble in that little notebook of yours?  No way.  We start on a level playing field.  

What do people believe about you that is false?

That I'm smarter than I look.  I'm just as smart as I look.

What would your best friend say is your fatal flaw?  Why?

You're really into this tragic hero thing aren't you?  I'm sorry. I'm not budging on this one. I mean, if you know how to take me down, we're just not going to have any fun here.

What would the same friend say is your one redeeming quality?  Why?

I'm loyal.  Running into burning buildings loyal.  Ya know, give my right arm kind of stuff.

What do you want most?  What will you do to get it?

There's this Bob Dylan lyric, 'Everybody will help you, discover what you set out to find.'  I want the 'what'.  Once I know that, I'll be there.  I'll take down a nun if I have to.  I'll be first one in line.  

45 comments:

  1. Great work! I completely understand how you felt about digging deeper into the characters because I'm in a weird place with mine too!

    You did really well at making Anna unique - I love the, "I'm as smart as I look" answer!

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    1. Thanks Kyra! It was pretty rough digging deeper because I'm at the very early stages of developing these characters but, then again, this is a perfect time to do it!

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  2. oh I love her voice!!!!!
    so much fun reading everyone's entries. Glad I found your blog :)

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  3. Interesting. Even though you've not given much away I get a really feeling for Anna, and she's intriguing. I'd like to see more about her.

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    1. Thanks so much Clare! She's not a character who easily gives things away. Too smart for her own good ;)

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  4. Great voice. She would be a great character to read.

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  5. You say more by not saying. I think I've got this gal pegged!

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    1. Thanks Dianne! That's what I was going for!

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  6. Oh my gosh this was awesome! I love her snark and her stony demeanor, totally makes me want to hang out with this girl!

    Great job Melissa!!!

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  7. Oh I love it. I did cryptic too, because that is totally how my character is. You did such a good job of showing the voice without giving away too much.

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  8. Ooh, I can hear voice and character oozing already. So great!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  9. I love this character's voice. Awesome job!

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  10. "Take down a nun..." That is determination! Lots of moxy in that lady.

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    1. Susan, a nun took me down once (while in a crowd to see the pope.) I think I am seeking revenge through this character! :)

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  11. What a strong character! This was a great interview. :)

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  12. Great character voice! BTW, I'm your 200th follower. : )

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  13. Oh, I love her Melissa :) I love how she refuses to answer questions that she doesn't want to answer! Now that is true to character. Great job :)

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  14. The smarter than I look like made me LAUGH!

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  15. Oh my goshness! This is amazing! Love it! And I love you Melissa! You work for a toy company? Are you my secret Santa?

    I'm follower numero 201, so that's something to celebrate! :D

    See you tomorrow!

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    1. Secret Santa! That cracked me up. Thank you so much for following. :)

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  16. I love her attitude. She is so snarky!

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  17. This is fun. I broke the rules and signed up ten minutes ago. Thanks for the link and good luck! Good job on your tough character!

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  18. wow, love the sound of your character - run into a burning building! That's loyal :)
    I'm a new follower from bloghop :)

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    1. Thanks Jade :) Yup, burning building and all. Thank you so much for following.

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  19. I like Anna and I think she really came across as a real person.

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  20. thats one tough cookie, and behind evry tough cookie is a messed up circumstance!
    great voice!

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  21. "I'll take down a nun if I have to."
    *snort*
    I like her!

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  22. Wow, she sounds tough and gritty and funny all rolled into one. She sounds like a great character, and I bet she gets into lots of interesting situations!

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  23. What a strong voice! She sounds very tough! I could really picture her just from the dialogue. Nice work!

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  24. I can see you have a lot to work with in her character. I love the fact that she quotes Bob Dylan. The relationship with her sister will be interesting as well.

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  25. Love it! She's so sassy and tough. Girls like that rock. Great interview.

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  26. I like her humor...it's like...real and raw!

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  27. I love her. Sassy and mouthy and loyal. Great job.

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    1. Oh yea - new follower too! Can't wait to read more :)

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  28. Great interview, she sounds very sure of herself - bet there's an interesting story behind all that bravado!

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  29. Like it--though she sounds like a tough interview. I'm a new follower now.

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  30. I loved this interview - she's sassy and definitely self-assured. Short, snappy answers too :)

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  31. I could picture Anna perfectly! Awesome job!

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  32. I wanted you to know you are in my top 10 for this challenge :)

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  33. I like how snarky this character is. She really comes alive off the page.

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