Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Character Cards for THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER

During my upcoming virtual tour (more to follow on that in later posts), I posted the map of the seven sovereignties in THE ELVEN LORDS series, some of my history and notes that went into building the world, and research into the costume of the era. Today I thought I’d share my character cards.

When I first started writing, I had the luxury of working up entire pages on my characters: where they went to school, what was their favorite color, favorite food, etc. (Have you ever written up a character sheet for the game Dungeons & Dragons? Very fun…and sort of similar.)

But with deadlines, I no longer have the time to do that, and truly, I wound up using less than half of that information in the actual book. It just never came up in the plot. And most of the characterization was in my head to start, and as my book progressed, so did my character. Another one of the magical elements of writing.

So now I use index cards. They are easy to flip through while I’m writing and I can include little sketches or notes as my book progresses and refer back to them pretty quickly. The cards for THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER aren’t as crowded as the ones I’m using for book two, THE LADY OF THE STORM. But you can see my (rather awful) sketches that I created as the book developed, and other tidbits important to my characters.

I hope my readers enjoy another peek into my writing process, and that other writers may find some benefit in using my method of index cards. At the end of my blog tour, I will be adding all of the items mentioned here to my website.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this part of your process. It's always fun and enlightening to see how others' thought processes work. I haven't used index cards yet, but keep that info similarly in a notebook. I just might be giving this technique a try. :)

  2. My pleasure! Although I have to say I have terrible handwriting. :}

  3. thanks for sharing! i agree, it is fun to see an author's writing process. i can't wait for TFLL (i have it on pre-order)!! :D

  4. Glad you enjoyed it, Chelleyreads! And thanks so much for letting me know that you're looking forward to TFLL. Means the world to me!