Have you ever gotten over a hundred pages into writing a book and realize your characters are all generic, uninteresting and interchangeable? I have. So I decided if I wanted to have interesting dialogue, I needed to get to know my characters better. So I sat down with a notebook to figure them out.
Have you ever tried to create personalities for dozens of imaginary people that are all unique to each other? I have. And it's hard. After figuring out the backgrounds, personalities, and goals of three characters my brain was all, "I HURT! PLEASE STOP, I CAN'T THINK ANYMORE!".
Then I remembered last summer, when my brother Andrew had us all make characters for a game of Dungeons and Dragons (it was great fun, by the way). I was very impressed with all the different possible characteristics and traits to choose from in making a D&D character. So, feeling a little guilty and also a bit giddy, I looked up the lists of traits online to help me map out my characters.
I'm almost done with my characters, and then I can recommence writing once again! What I have so far is going to need some major revision, but I'm very optimistic. Which is not my usual M.O.
Hope your guys' books are going well! I'm assuming, because it seems like just about everyone these days is writing one.