Posted by: lizricewrites | April 6, 2014



This photo always makes me smile! I took it outside the café at Grounds for Sculpture. The Peacock Café. Truly, that’s the name of it.

In relating it to my current novel in progress, it makes me think about how Michael, the MC, sees himself. What does he reflect on about himself when he sees himself in a mirror? How is he a reflection of his family’s values?

How are his goals, wants, needs a reflection of where he lives and how he lives?
AND also – Does he ever feel that he is on the ‘outside looking in’? When? Where?

Do you take the time to reflect on your characters? As you’re writing OR as a ‘prime the pump’/warm-up kind of exercise before you sit down to work on your story?

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”
~~ John Lennon


  1. For a character to “work,” she must have something recognizable about her. Even the most enigmatic types, the unreliable narrators, the don’t-quite-get-that-one, must be someone we think we know from somewhere.

    This is why you want to know more about your characters than you’ll ever put on the page.

    • Very true!- about– “you want to know more about your characters than you’ll ever put on the page.”

      That’s why, for this novel I’m giving myself a lot more time to get to know and ‘play’ with the characters.

      and yes – the character does have to have something recognizable about them – helps the reader connect with the character.

  2. This post is a reflection of your beauty and your values, Liz. Great job!

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