Creating Your Character

One of the things that can make or break a book, is the main character. Can you imagine if you read the first few pages of a new novel and you completely hated the main character OR worse felt absolutely nothing for them? I’ve actually come across this, while trying to find other series to read. And I’m always disappointed because I just want to find another book to read and enjoy.

As I start creating my main characters I always contemplate, what exactly would help my audience love or dislike them? I always want my readers to love my character(s) as much as I do. Why? Because I have lived and breathed my character and worked really hard on them. I want the readers to resonate with him/her and to find them relatable.

To help me create my characters I actually create a list. I write out physical characteristics like: height, weight, body type, hair/eye color. I make notes on this because one, it’ll help me keep track of what I’ve said in the past, but also so I can visualize them in my head as I write. I also like to write out their certain parts of their personality and what sets them off. This helps me be consistent throughout the story so as conflict is created my characters act true to themselves.

I can’t draw… at least not yet. But one of my friends is an artist. And when she creates her characters she actually draws them out. She told me it helps her see the characters (obviously), but they come alive for her that way. I’ve seen a few of her drawings regarding some of her characters many of whom I’ve actually read about and after I visually saw them, a light bulb went off in my head. I was like oh, now certain things about your character makes sense. If I could, I’d draw my characters out too, but that is not a skill I have at the moment. But you may want to give it a shot.

Voice is extremely important when writing a character. How would they talk? I have one character that I love writing with and she is very sassy and hilarious. I call her my alter ego because she can say things that I know I could never get away with. But I have to make sure that some of the things that she says really conveys who she is and that she doesn’t start to sound like one of my other main characters. Each character should have a voice. I try to have one character be a dreamer, while another one will be the voice of reason. Why? Because in life we typically have people that do that for us.

And there is one another aspect of writing characters that I am still trying to get a handle on. That is the slow reveal of the characters. This is so hard for me to do because I want everyone to know my character the way I know them. But that would mean that I just word vomit all over the place and not really show what is going on with my main and secondary characters, which can really take away from the experience. I am still learning that while writing a story, it’s a marathon not a sprint. You have to pace yourself. And that is an important concept to remember.

But enough about me. What do you do to help reveal your characters to your readers?

I’d love to know, so please comment below.

Happy writing!

Day 13 30, 60, 90 – Core Challenge

Today is our final day!

Congratulations you made it!

Our final pose/exercise to help strengthen your core is the 30, 60, 90 leg lifts. These are a little rough but oh so good for your lower abdominals. Let’s finish this challenge off with a bang!

  1. Lie completely flat on your mat with legs fully extended in front of you.
  2. Bring your hands behind your back for support.
  3. Brace your core and raise your legs 30 degrees, 60 degrees and then 90. Then drop it slowly back down to the mat. 

Day 12 Yogic Bicycles – Core Challenge

We are almost done with this core challenge. I’m starting to get sad, but at least your abs are feeling strong. Lets get to the next exercise- Yogic bicycles.

1. Lay down on your mat. 

2. Legs are fully extending in front of you.

3. Bring your hands behind your head, cupping it

4. Draw chin into chest and bring your right knee up towards your chest and your head towards the knee almost meeting in the center. And then switch it to the other side.

5. Keep going for a total of 12 repetitions on each side.

High Protein Oatmeal

Every once in a while I just want a bowl of hot oatmeal first thing in the morning. Nothing against eggs, but sometimes you want something warm and comforting. This oatmeal recipe is one of my favorites and a go to when I’m also in a rush.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dry oatmeal

Water- per oatmeal instructions on box for a single serving

1 scoop Beverly International UMP (graham cracker flavor)

1/2 banana

2 Tbsp walnuts

Sprinkle of cinnamon

  1. Put a small saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Add the amount of water the package said.
  3. Put lid on the saucepan and wait for the water to boil.
  4. Once water boiling, add in the oatmeal.
  5. When oatmeal is nice and thick, take it off the heat and add the protein powder to it.
  6. Stir until well incorporated.
  7. Transfer oatmeal into a bowl.
  8. Slice 1/2 a banana on top and pour walnuts on top.
  9. Sprinkle cinnamon as a finishing touch.
  10. Enjoy!

Day 11 Boat Pose – Core Challenge

Abs be working real hard lately…but not as hard as they will be in Boat pose. Boat pose is yoga pose where we engage our core while balancing on our butts. Its fun, let’s try it out.

1. Sit in the center of your mat sitting up nice and tall with your feet out in front of you.

2. Bend your knees with the bottoms of your feet flat against the mat

3. Bring your hands to the side of your legs and gently lean back onto your sitz bones and bring your feet off of the ground.

4. Draw your shoulder blades together to help straighten your back. And slowly straighten your legs or you can keep them bent. 

5. Arms are by your sides in a V formation.

6. Hold

Making time for the Bible

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually read the Bible. I always wanted to read it, but I would always find myself glaring at it from across the room as I watched tv. Finally I started reading it, but I just couldn’t find a consistent time for me to read the Bible. However, if God could make time for me, I decided I had to meet him as well.

After some trial and error I found out what time worked best for me. Now you could read the Bible as soon as you get up. I typically do that. I like to know that I have God the first few minutes of my day and pray right after. But sometimes I wake up late and it just doesn’t happen. And you know what? That’s okay.

If that occurs you can just switch it up that day and read the Bible later in the evening. Sometimes I like to read the Bible for 10-30 mins right before bed because I’m able to focus on what God is saying to me and his word calms me down.

Whatever you do, just pick the time of day that works best for you. It can be morning or night. Or it could be during your lunch break or during one of your 15 minute breaks. But do it for you. Everyone’s relationship with God is different, so your time with God may look different than my time. At the beginning I was got hung up on what other people were doing and whether I was doing it right. IT DOESN’T MATTER!

What matters is that you are reading the Bible and that you are establishing a relationship with God. That’s what’s important. So carve out how ever many minutes you can, I like 10-30 mins and just see what God wants to share with you during that time. I guarantee you, he will show you something that you needed to see or know.

Do you make time for God? If so how do you do that?

Day 10 Triangle – Core Challenge

Triangle can help strengthen your core? Yes, yes it can. One yoga move that I had to learn to love does indeed help with your obliques. So let’s do this move together.

  • Come to the top of your mat
  • Take a really wide step back with your right foot
  • Right foot the outer edge is parallel to the short edge of your mat (coming from W2)
  • Straighten the left leg (front leg) pressing into you foot and lift the kneecap
  • While keeping the leg straight hinge your upper body forward, extending the upper body until you can go no more and place the left hand by your ankle
  • And draw your right arm straight overhead at noon (12 o’clock) 
  • Gaze up to the ceiling

Day 9 Rotating Side Plank – Core Challenge

It’s time to rotate… Rotate into side planks. Are you ready for Day 9 of our Core Challenge? Let’s go!

1. Find a plank pose

2. Find side plank, hold. 

3. With right forearm or hand down, inhale and bring your left hand up over your body 

4. On exhale, rotate your torso to reach the left arm underneath you.

5. Inhale and bring your arm up and over your head again.

6. Exhale and rotate your torso and reach the left arm underneath you again. 

7. Repeat other side.

Day 8 Tadasana – Core Challenge

Did you know that when you are standing you can engage your core? Today we are going to do just that, but in a yoga pose known as Mountain pose OR called Tadasana (Sanskrit). So head to the top of your mat or you can stand right where you are and let’s begin.

Instructions:

1. Stand at the top of your mat

2. Feet together or hip distance

3. Press into the foot print of your feet

4. Stand up nice and tall

5. Feel your core brace itself, feel supported

Day 7 Core Challenge – Chair Twist

How is that core feeling? Strong? I hope so. Today we are focused on a yoga pose called chair, but adding a twist to it.

  1. Bring your feet together, or you can have them hip distance apart
  2. Brace your core and place the weight of your body into your heels
  3. Sink your hips back as if you are going to sit in a chair
  4. Raise your arms overhead with palms facing one another
  5. Now bring your hands together for heart center prayer
  6. As you exhale rotate your torso over to the left, hooking right elbow to left knee
  7. Hold for 3-4 breaths
  8. Repeat on the other side