I revealed in my last post my new e-book cover for ‘Psychs‘, a novel for avid readers and thrill seekers. Since the news is out there, I thought I should make everyone more familiar with my thriller. So I decided to talk about what made my novel.
Everything in the universe exists because there are certain elements allowing them to fill the space. So what gave shape to my novel, ‘Psychs’?
Any book is made from paper, but it can only earn its existence if it has a soul. The elements that count for in any novel we read, are the elements that gave the book its life… and its purpose. Here is the first element of my fiction thriller, I hope through that you will get to know and love the soul of my book.
THE FIRST ELEMENT: CHARACTERS
Richard Linklater quoted from Thomas Wolfe in Before Sunset, saying…
‘We are the sum of all the moments of our lives, and that anybody who sits down to write is gonna use a clay of their own life, that you can’t avoid’
I was able to imagine my fictional characters from my reality; my family, my friends, from my times in the university, my brief time I spent working as a timepieces salesman, or even from a nickname of a beloved. It all left an impact on me, and through that, on my way of thinking and writing.
Some dialogues came from real chit chats I had in my life, or from a certain event at the dinner table. Talking to luxury timepieces customers requires being able to know what you should say and when to say it. I carved and polished all that to adjust them to my characters, and then, came the process of making them related to readers.
The methods I used for shaping my characters is adding flaws, and I let my characters think by themselves too. That is done by imagining a person in my life or even an actor, thinking to my self ‘What would he/she would do in this situation?… What would that person say or be thinking at that moment?’
Having the characters, their own dialogue, their flaws… all that will eventually lead to having my own world, you either draw it or write about it… my family have already been blessed with a great painter… so I grew toward the latter’s way of creation… Plus, when it comes to painting, I’m almost color blind.
I like the sound to a book having a soul! I’ve never really thought about it that way. 🙂 ….Paula xx
Thanks! I came to realize that when I started to reread my book after I was done with it. You will realize that you are really holding a part of your own self in your hands.
I’m intrigued! Hope your having a great weekend! Chow, Amin!
Hugs Paula xx