Natasha McNeely's Author Blog

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Character Behavior: How does it make you feel?

In this post, I’ll be delving into specific characters and what they make me feel and how it changes throughout the novel. Specifically, there’s one character I’d like to point out, but we’ll get to him later.

Expect much ranting.

First off, the main character of my novel. At first, Saria may seem like a depressed young woman, but when you look into the causes, you’ll realize that her attitude is actually very natural for what she’s gone through. And it only gets worse. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong for her – save for the occasional exception. She has it rough, but she pushes through.

I can relate to her, to an extent. She is extremely attached to a particular character, as am I. When certain events took place, that attachment allowed me to write her reactions spot on with utmost ease. Those events made me want to smack something and torture other characters, but that’s a story for another day.

Saria’s opposite, however, is a different character. His introduction isn’t the best, but at first he seems like a good character.

The young version of my cat

I r smart and cute kitty. You must luv me!

Not long after, though, he starts to get annoying. Then aggravating. Shortly after, he turns into the kind of character you want to smack over the head with the nearest heavy object to put everyone around him out of their misery. And for your own pleasure. But that’s another story entirely. The point of this is that he’s a character who at first seems like a sweet, kind and – dare I say – normal character. Until he does things that get him on my bad side, and I’m sure readers’ bad sides, as well. Halfway through the novel, I intend for readers to collect pitchforks and knives.

He will not survive.

Side-note; this will be the start of a new trial blogging schedule. I will be testing out a thrice-a-week schedule; Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, to be precise. Let’s see if I can keep it up!

Do you have characters that change how you feel about them throughout the course of the story? If so, for better or for worse?