My current work has lots of X for names meaning I’ll have to go off and read book one to remind myself of everyone.I do retrospective character sheets because my memory is so bad. I let the characters develop in response to whatever he’ll I’ve put them through, then I write down any relevant details, e.g. left handed, or youngest of seven kids, or hates clowns, or has facial scar from knife wound received in book 1, etc.
Told by whom? Why? Were you making mistakes such as giving someone a scar on his left cheek and then two chapters on it's on his right cheek?I brought this up because I was told for my current story, that I needed one. That was the reason I asked.
I was told by a ghostwriter that I needed character sheets. As for why I don't recall.Told by whom? Why? Were you making mistakes such as giving someone a scar on his left cheek and then two chapters on it's on his right cheek?
If the descriptions and backstory/personal history you give for a character are inconsistent, then yes, a crib sheet would be useful for you to avoid making continuity errors, though it does depend on you then checking the sheet every time you write something. Otherwise, although some people find them useful and might recommend them as being helpful, especially if one's memory isn't as reliable as it once was, I'm at a loss to understand why anyone would say they are "needed".
She was wanting $30 an hour. Which I reckon is considered quite reasonable. But I can not afford a ghostwriter. My mistake to begin with. But she recommends I do a character sheet to flesh out the characters. At least that was my understanding.I have to say I'm a little confused here. If you've been in touch with a ghostwriter, did you not fully understand what that meant in terms of what would be required? A ghostwriter doesn't just conjure up the whole story him/herself -- it would be based on your concepts, including not only your thoughts on the plot but your ideas for the characters. In which case I can quite see why the ghostwriter would want to know what you think the characters look like and what their background/history would be, ie the details on a character sheet, to ensure they're written according to your brief.
That doesn't mean you need to have character sheets if you're writing the novel yourself.
I strongly disagree, actually. There's a difference, yes, but it mainly lies in what you're forced to imagine--in a book, you're imagining the appearances and details of a scene and setting, all the things that the writer decided not to spell out in detail because it would clutter up the actual story. In a movie, what you're imagining will be character thought and feeling, for all the characters who appear--all the details about a character's experience that can be only shown and not, as is so easy in books, be told. In a book you get to ride along with a character's interior thoughts and feelings all the way through what they do, knowing exactly what they're going through if the writer so chooses. In a movie, there is suddenly room left for ambiguity, for imagining and interpreting their feelings the same way we do in real life--for a character's genuine personality to be interpreted much more broadly, or kept more mysterious, than in a book, and for two different viewers to get two legitimately different opinions of a person out of the same scene or piece of action. To, in exactly the same way as with appearance, put their own stamp on the characters. It requires just as much personal imagination as hard, concrete details do, which honestly don't change much about the book anyway. I believe any kind of storytelling will force imagination from the viewer, simply because stories as a whole are far too complex for any author to spell out everything. I continually find myself far more inspired, writing-wise, by a film which has left a lot unsaid but hinted at much, than by a book which gave me all the detail I could ever want. I can enjoy both, but I could never say that one leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination while the other leaves everything.In a book you imagine everything, in a movie you imagine nothing.
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