A few days ago, Paperback Writer blogged about a cool online tool courtesy of the shopping website Polyvore. She gave it a trial run for making character collages, and I liked her results, so I filed it away as something to try in the future. But the idea kept haunting me, and since I have finally dived headfirst into editing my YA novel, I figured now was a great time to see how well I know my main character. They have tons of images to choose from and the key to finding what you want is using the proper keywords. Once I got the feel for how it worked, I had not problem putting the resulting collage together. I feel like the end result is a pretty good representation of my narrator. Not only was it great fun to make, but it also forced me to think about all the things that makes her who she is. Who and what she cares about and finding the appropriate images that represents those connections. It was also a relief to find she wasn't two dimensional. I plan to do one of these for each of the key players in my novel as I find the time because I have a feeling that maybe not all of them are as well-rounded as my narrator and it will be a good exercise to force myself to sit down with them individually and see what I know about them. I feel this can only help with the editing experience.
Do you guys have any cool character-building tools that you like to use when writing or editing? Please share if you do!
Happy Writing (or editing!)
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