Going back to my roots. Roots as defined is: to have an origin or base. It is also defined in myriad of other ways, including to turn up or dig in the earth with the snout. (I think we will forget that definition.
Roots can be considered the beginning of life or the beginning of the story. Roots or a foundation have to be cemented down before the story can move forward. How does an author build a story?
For some the roots of the story begin with the plot. You might call these authors plotters. My stories begin with the characters (hero and heroine) and a time period. The characters are the life and breath of my stories. I might write anywhere from 10 to 20 pages about the characters before I begin writing. Some authors write even more than that. As my characters develop I add to their legend.
Is it important to your characters birth date? Their horoscope? There favorite color, flavor, or scent? For me it is crucial. Knowing all the little things about your character builds your story and pushes it forward. Knowing important details creates texture, color, and interest.
What are characters worst traits? Or their best?
What does he/she do for amusement? In their free time?
What games do they like, type of music or art?
And the list goes on…
What is important to you about your characters traits? What are must knows before you begin writing?