Week of February 3, 2013—Thinking About Characters
Quote of the week:
Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.
Next weekend I’ll be spending a day with six Florida picture book authors and illustrators. We are having a Picture Book Pow-Wow—a day of creativity and fun. My friends, Linda Shute and Diane Ochiltree, and I dreamed up the idea last fall. The meeting gained more purpose and momentum when Linda wrote to the group, “What is influencing . . . me [is the] RAGE for character dominated books. Do you remember CONCEPT books? Although I see some in the marketplace, right now the cult of character, like of celebrity, is upon us. I, for one, have not paid enough attention to character development.”
The activity I’ve developed to share at the Pow-Wow is entitled “Developing Characters from the Sole Up and the Soul Out.” I’m not going to share my entire activity with you this week (you’ll need to invite me to your regional SCBWI meeting for that—lol!), but I am going to share one or two questions each day to help you reflect on a picture book character you are developing and help give that character some soul!