As many of you know, I am currently working on my first ever novel, and it took me many years to actually put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, and actually get on with doing what I had always dreamed of.
However, I soon realised that it wasn’t as easy as just sitting down and throwing out a story. You need consistency, control and most importantly, decent characters. I spent a lot of time before I actually started writing, making notes, drawing up scenarios, plotting my characters, you know the usual authory stuff people do. One thing that stood out to me was that I really needed to know my main character inside and out. I needed to know him better than I knew myself. This was a challenge because not only did I need to get to know him but I needed to make him who he was going to be.
Out came the notebook again! I wrote down everything I could about Ed Banbury, his likes, dislikes, turn ons, appearance, quirks, hobbies, ex partners, favourite holiday destianations, what his home was like, how much he drinks, his family, literally anything I could think of that makes a person tick. But I didn’t think about any of this, at least not the small stuff, I just picked a subject and wrote about how he was within it.
When it came to created Ed’s personality however that was a different ball game. Without giving too much away, the story is about a small boy (Ed in the past) who is abused by his foster mother, this intertwines with content from the present day, and how Ed is as an adult, how his life has panned out and his current situations and how he deals with them, essentially looking into how childhood abuse might affect a person.
I wanted Ed to be hated in a sense, because, and when you read the finished book you’ll see what I mean, he is a total bastard. But I wanted the reader to also have a degree of sympathy with him because they see why he is the way he is. I have allowed a trusted person to read what I have written so far and she told me that she felt this way about Ed. I didn’t prompt her to say this and I didn’t tell her that this is what I wanted. So when she said that to me, I knew that he was exactly how I wanted him to be. That, and he is one good looking bugger!!
If you would be interested in reading the sneak preview I put up on here some months ago just click the link A Lesson In Dreams-Sneak Preview and please do feel free to tell me if you love it, hate it or anything in between.