Winter Is Here Write Tag

The lovely Kat @ Life and Other Disasters created and tagged me (thank you!) for the Winter Is Here Write Tag which is a super cute tag that asks you winter related questions about your characters.

RULES

💛 Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post!
💛 Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
💛 Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers! <– like with the Halloween tag, I probably won’t be able to stick to this rule, since I’m (mostly) going to answer with my main four

DESCRIPTION OF MY WIP

Yong-sun An is worried about a lot of things, but at the top of his list? The future. Worried his anxiety will get in the way of everything he does, he has no clue what he’ll do after graduation. If he even graduates. Because that’s another thing he worries about. Not that his grades are bad, far from it, but one time it’s bound to go wrong, right?

Meanwhile, his not-best friend (except he is his best friend) Drew suddenly starts to act weird. Yong-sun has no idea how to help, but he has a feeling that it has to do with the mysterious text messages Drew has been getting.

As I said before in the All Hallows Write Tag, this summary is not complete, but I really like what I have so far. What you need to know besides this summary: there are two other main characters, Reyna and Hye-su. They are Yong-sun’s other friends.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Which protagonist is most likely to break into Christmas song first? Bonus: What song?

Definitely Reyna. She’s one of those ‘Christmas begins in November’ people while the others aren’t really, nor are Yong-sun and Hye-su that likely to break into song in the first place unless they’re doing karaoke. The first song she’d sing? All I Want For Christmas is You without a doubt, though she’d sing so many all day long

It’s the first snow of the season, who would immediately book a ticket to a hot beach location?

Yong-sun. Though he doesn’t like the cold, he can handle that (sort of. It’s not bad enough to make him leave the country anyway). But snow??? It’s extra cold and hard to walk through, at some point it gets gross and muddy – it’s just a big nope for him and if he could he’d definitely get outta there

Which character believed in Santa (or a mystical equivalent) for the longest time?

In The Netherlands we have Sinterklaas instead of Santa, and I feel like either Yong-sun or Hye-su would believe the longest. They just couldn’t imagine their parents lying to them about it.*

Drew didn’t have the greatest childhood living with his father, and his father wouldn’t keep up pretenses of Sinterklaas. Reyna on the other hand is WAY too curious and went to investigate Sinterklaas and then accidentally found out her mom and grandmother were the ones behind the presents.

* SAME. I WAS SO MAD WHEN MY MOM TOLD ME HE WASN’T REAL? ‘SO YOU’VE BEEN LYING TO ME ALL THIS TIME?’ and then I basically interrogated her by asking her about all these situations that had happened surrounding Sinterklaas, demanding explanations and proof lmao

Who is most likely to build a blanket fort and go into hibernation with books, Netflix and tea/hot cocoa/coffee?

Considering he doesn’t like the cold: Yong-sun. A blanket fort where he could just live all winter and just read, binge watch a bunch of stuff and drink tea or hot cocoa sounds like heaven to him. What is outside

Yong-sun @ people who want to go outside during winter

Who would be the first to start a snowball fight and then get really competitive about it?

Drew, for sure. In a lot of ways he’s still a big kid at heart and he loves snow. Snowball fights, making snowmen… he loves it all. He’d turn everything into a competition, not just the snowball fight. And he’d be determined to win. Whenever he loses a fight, he will sneak up on whomever won the next morning and throw a snowball at their back.

Who buys their Christmas presents super last minute?

Hye-su loves buying or making people presents, but… she’s also a HUGE procrastinator. She’s gotten better at it over the years, but she still curses herself for leaving it so late.

There’s a local snowman competition, who would be the best sculptor? What would they build?

Being the artistic one in the group, definitely Hye-su. She would probably go all out and make Cinderella’s Castle and Mickey and friends in front of it. And then all the other competitors would hate her because who would be that Extra™

Something like this

If someone were to organize a Secret Santa event, who would it be?

They actually do Secret Santa in the book! Though there isn’t much to organise – they just put their names on slips of paper and pulled it out of a hat. They exhange gifts during karaoke, but they’re over there a lot, so Reyna just has to book a room and that was it. Hye-su is put in charge of snacks, because she’s basically a Snack Mom™, but if there was actually an event to organise it would be Yong-sun. He’s incredibly organised with all his notepads, notebooks, lists, a white board… They’d all nominate him for the job.*

* Though if any calls had to be made, he’d ask Reyna to do that

Someone refuses to leave the house unless strictly necessary because of the cold. Who is it?

So this is again Yong-sun, like I said before he’d love to live in a blanket fort and not acknowledge that the outside world is a thing

Who puts style before comfort and would rather freeze in fashionable clothes than be warm but not on trend? Bonus: Add a winter aesthetic for the character!

Reyna, for sure. While the others do dress nicely during winter and have that Winter Aesthetic™ going on, they can also cover themselves in non-matching scarves, hats, gloves, wear socks that are so thick you can see them through their pants, you name it. Reyna though? She gotta look on point

TAG YOU’RE IT

💛 May @ Forever and Everly
💛 Lia @ Lost in a Story
💛 Every writer who wants to do this!

Can you relate to any of my characters? How long did you believe in Santa (or Sinterklaas)? Would you put style before warmth and comfort? How’s the writing going? Let me know in the comments!

All Hallows Write Tag | My Characters Prepare For Halloween… A Year Early?

I saw this fun tag on Kat @ Life and Other Disasters’ blog and even though Halloween is long over and Christmas is around the corner, I just knew I had to do it. Not just is it fun, but it’s also a way to get to know your characters better.

RULES

💛 Provide a short description of your story!
💛 Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers! <– I’m probably not going to stick to this rule, since I’ll mostly answer with my main four

DESCRIPTION OF MY WIP

Yong-sun An is worried about a lot of things, but at the top of his list? The future. Worried his anxiety will get in the way of everything he does, he has no clue what he’ll do after graduation. If he even graduates. Because that’s another thing he worries about. Not that his grades are bad, far from it, but one time it’s bound to go wrong, right?

Meanwhile, his not-best friend (except he is his best friend) Drew suddenly starts to act weird. Yong-sun has no idea how to help, but he has a feeling that it has to do with the mysterious text messages Drew has been getting.

Okay so it’s not complete, because I want to mention Reyna and Hye-su and just the overal theme of friendship, but hey I went from this:

‘Friendship, banter, food, karaoke, The Gay™, Dora the Explorer Discourse (I’m not even joking I really hope people will find this very very long scene as hilarious as I do lmao)’

Anyway it’s very light and fluffy though it tackles some more serious issues like anxiety, bullying and abusive parents too.

To the first paragraph. LOOK AT ME FINALLY BEING ABLE TO SUMMARISE/WRITE A BLURB FOR MY WIP. I say I’ve improved.

If you want to know more about my characters and see some pretty aesthetics* read this post.

* If I do say so myself

QUESTIONS

It’s Halloween night! What is your protagonist dressed up as?

Actually, there is a Halloween scene and one of Yong-sun’s friends, Reyna, has the idea to all dress up in Hogwarts uniforms. She sorted all of them* and Yong-sun wears a Hufflepuff uniform. Though it was Reyna’s idea, he does love Harry Potter** so he’s fine with it. Plus it’s not embarrassing nor something that sounds out much, so perfect for his anxiety.

Yong-sun isn’t really that creative when it comes to costumes, so for future Halloweens he’d ask Reyna or one of his other friends for advice again.

* Actually I did duh
** I wonder if I’ll ever be able to write a character that doesn’t at least like Harry Potter. And by that I mean a character who isn’t an antagonist or villain

Who in your cast refuses to dress up and shows up at the Halloween party without a costume?

I can’t imagine any of the main four refusing to dress up, so I guess for this one I’ll go with my antagonist, who I finally named a while ago! I was done with writing [antagonist] all the time so after a year* I finally named him. Well, actually I asked my friend for help. She suggested Luke** and I turned that into Lucas. So Lucas would definitely refuse to dress up because that’s ‘childish‘. He’ll get into it once he’s in college though, but his costumes will be pretty problematic.

* I think it was over a year actually
** ‘Are you saying Luke because of Percy Jackson’ ‘Yes’

Which character wears the most outrageous costume, and what would it be?

So all four of them wear Hogwarts uniforms in the WIP, but if anyone would wear something outrageous, it would be Reyna. Drew is a close second, but I think Reyna’s costume would be more ‘outrageous’. Outrageous as in some people would not be amused because her costume would call out some form of discrimination. And of course she’d make a vlog about it.

On Halloween, werewolves, vampires, and zombies are on the prowl. Which of your characters gets caught in their clutches, and which creature do they subsequently turn into?  

I feel like this would be Drew. He’d do something stupid and somehow get turned.

I can definitely see him as a werewolf, and not just because I picture Daniel Sherman as Drew and he played Isaac on Teen Wolf. I just can’t picture Drew’s personality on a vampire or a zombie, as silly as that may be because it’s not like a vampire would go ‘hmm, nah, I won’t suck your blood you’re better suited to be a werewolf’. Though I can imagine a supernatural being like ‘nope not turning this one don’t want to be stuck with this for an eternity’ since Drew can be quite annoying haha

Who wins the contest for best costume?

Hye-su, hands down. She has the advantage of having a costume designer as a dad, so her costume would look really professional. The Hogwarts uniforms they all wear in the WIP were also designed by her dad.

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Who hands out toothbrushes to the trick and treaters?

Ohh this is a tough one. I’ve been putting this question off, because I just don’t know? I can’t imagine any of the main four do that. I did consider Lucas at first, because I thought ‘he would be that evil’* but then I realised people who hand out toothbrushes think they’re doing a good thing and care about kids’ teeth and Lucas would never.

* I was thinking from a kid’s perspective because let’s be honest,, I’m still a big kid

Which two of your characters decide to pair up and do an angel/devil costume together?

I can definitely see Drew finding this a hilarious idea and convincing Yong-sun to do this, but the costumes would be low-key way. He also convinces him to be the devil while he’s the angel, because he loves that everyone would expect it to be the other way around.

I imagine Drew’s costume to be like Hikaru and Kaoru’s. Yong-sun’s would be similar but no wings and a devil horns’ headband on instead. Definitely no tail

Someone is too scared to even attend the Halloween party. Who is it?

Both Yong-sun and Hye-su hands down. They both have anxiety so parties?? Especially ones that are MEANT to be scary?? Double the scare no thanks

Who overdoses on Halloween candy and ends up sick?

Drew, no doubt. He’s like a little kid during Halloween and wants ALL THE CANDY

Yong-sun is the oldest sister in the back*

* I don’t remember the names of these characters woops

Which character is most likely to place a curse/hex on someone and who would they curse?

Reyna would definitely lose her temper and curse/hex anyone being offensive. Lucas would be at the top of her list if she knew what he was up to. Reyna would be like book! Ginny and her temper

Reyna hexing everyone in her mind

TAG YOU’RE IT

I won’t tag anyone in specific, but if like me you believe time is an illusion and you just want to do a fun tag, consider yourself tagged!

Does your WIP or any of your past WIPs have a Halloween scene? Would your characters dress up?   Would they hand out tootbrushes? Would you? Let me know in the comments!

When You No Longer Like Your Plot, But Your Characters Own Your Heart

Hello my name is Michelle and I have a problem. I hate the plot of one of my WIPs, but I can’t let go

I really wish this was me, but alas

Once upon a time, when I was 13 (or 12??), I came up with the most original plot of ever, namely two teenagers DESTINED. FATED. CHOSEN. to prevent the devil from returning to earth and fighting demons. BASICALLY IT WAS A BUFFY THE VAMPIRE RIP OFF. Instead of Watchers and the Watchers Council it had Guardians and the Council of Guardians/Guardians Council whatever. The Watcher Guardian that looked over my main two characters (who were called ‘The Chosen Ones’. So clever. So unique. Much originality) was basically a Rupert Giles rip off (to the point that I  pictured Anthony Head as the character lmao). Oh and he was the librarian at the school (if you’re not familiar with Buffy: Giles was the librarian at the school as well lmao) for no apparent reason?? When I rewrote it he just worked at the Council, which actually made sense, but still.

It started out as a rip off. I’m not saying everything was exactly like Buffy, but the similarities were there, which I didn’t notice when I first wrote it because I was young and naive and unknowingly inspired by which was back then my favourite tv show of ever.

I finished the book when I was about 14 I think? Or maybe still 13? I have terrible memory

And started to work on the second one, which I never finished because at some point I decided to rewrite the first one, since I wasn’t too happy with it. In the end, I wasn’t happy with that rewrite either, and started to rethink everything. Character backgrounds, plot points, overal plot, relationships… Everything.

And now I look at the mess I made when I was 13 (because it wasn’t just a rip off, it was also full with plot holes and tropes I absolutely loathe now and just… ugh) and I just no longer like it.

Except. I really love the characters. I love their backgrounds, their relationships with each other, the development I was going to make them go through… I am really attached.

I’m ready to let go of the plot, but not of these characters

So now what?

Because I have no clue

have thought of coming up with a new plot, and keeping these characters, but what kind of plot? Should I stick to (urban) fantasy? Or choose a different genre? And then what? Will they still be the same characters? Because a different plot (and possibly a different genre) means changes to their background stories and the development I had planned. I AM LOST.

If any of you thought this was going to be a helpful post full with tips on how to deal with this I am truly sorry. Instead this is me getting this of my chest, crying for help and hoping I’m not the only one.

Anyone been/going through this? Any advice? Or should we all start a support group together where we cry and eat ice cream? Let me know in the comments! 

Characters I Would Fight You For

Look, I’m not a violent person. I literally can’t hurt a fly. I’ll open a window and wave my arms around the fly towards the window hoping it will fly out the window. But if you talk bad about these characters there’s a chance I’ll fight you. At least mentally

Harry Potter

Maybe you’re thinking: Michelle, who hates Harry frickin’ Potter?? Well lots of people apparently! A while back I was looking for annoying YA characters for a tag (my mind was going blank so I needed inspiration) and I found Harry on pretty much every list?? And of course the reason he was on there was because of his behaviour in Order of the Phoenix.

HE. HAS. PTSD. AND. IS. AN. ABUSE. VICTIM

Yes, he shouldn’t blow up at people and having PTSD isn’t an excuse for it, but it is a reason. He’s 15 years old, having dealt with a lot of traumatic crap already and now he’s finally blowing up. Order of the Phoenix Harry shows us how human Harry is and that watching Cedric die, facing Voldemort once again and this time with his full powers restored, being surrounded by Death Eaters, seeing his dead parents come out of Voldemorts wand… That was all just too much for him and he can’t handle it anymore.

Another complaint is that Harry won’t go to Dumbledore about Umbridge because he doesn’t want to bother him. He grew up in an abusive household, where he wasn’t even allowed to ask questions, let alone ask for help or go to the Dursley’s with his problems. Not to mention he already felt like a bother to Dumbledore since he was avoiding him.

I swear I will fight you for my son Harry Potter

Ron Weasley

I know Ron has flaws, but let’s not forget that he’s incredibly loyal to his friends? And he won’t take any crap from pure-blood supremacists? His wand was broken and he still tried to hex Malfoy, even though he knew it could backfire badly. He stood on a frickin’ broken leg and used himself as a shield to protect Harry from a supposed mass-murderer who was supposed to be an expert at the Dark Arts. Yes, he lets his jealousy get to him sometimes, but he’s only human. He wrote his mom to make sure Harry would get Christmas presents. He broke Harry out and invited him to his home. That boy would do anything for his friends.

Is this Ron protecting Harry from Sirius or me protecting Ron from the haters

Heroes of Olympus characters that aren’t Percy and Annabeth (and Leo before Blood of Olympus came out)

Especially on Tumblr I saw a lot of hatred towards these characters, for the most ridiculous reasons. I’ve already talked about Piper in my Book Aesthetics Tag, so I won’t repeat myself. But why would you hate on the cinnamon rolls that are Hazel and Frank?? That’s an actual question. If you hate/dislike them, could you please tell me why?

People hate on Jason because he’s ‘a boring version of Percy’. I’m pretty sure Riordan meant for Percy and Jason to be pretty similar, except they were each other Greek and Roman versions and thus perfect to take each other’s place and bring the two camps together. Personally I love my dorky son Jason who tried to eat a stapler.

Leo was really loved, until the events of Blood of Olympus. I get why people were angry, but the hatred I saw was a bit too much back then. He was the fandoms golden child before Blood of Olympus though, and the other four took all the heat.

Of course you don’t have to like all these characters! Everyone has different opinions but personally I find hatred a bit much? They’re not Octavian

Agatha Wellbelove 

Okay I know I’ve already talked about her in my Book Aesthetics Tag as well, but like Piper I didn’t want to leave her out. I get not liking her or not being interested in her, but hatred? She isn’t The Mage (yes I’m repeating myself but,,) I mean the girl just wanted to live a quiet life with a cute dog and realised she deserved better than being the hero’s reward at the end of the quest.

If you do hate these characters, that’s fine! I won’t actually fight you (really hope I didn’t scare you lmao) I’ll just start screaming on the inside  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Which characters would you fight someone for? If you do dislike/hate these characters, why? (seriously don’t worry I won’t fight you) Let me know in the comments!

Introducing My Characters

Since I suck at summarising my Camp NaNo WIP (which I really need to get better at woops) I decided to instead show some aesthetics and talk about my characters, because I can talk about my children all day. Plus I always struggle with whether or not I really know my characters or not, so I’d figure this would be a helpful exercise. And hopefully at the same time this will be fun for you guys to read? I hope? LET’S GO

THE WIP

Okay so if you’re new/never read any of my previous posts on this WIP/forgot, what is this about? I suck at summarising it, but in an earlier post I explained my WIP as the following:

‘Friendship, banter, food, karaoke, The Gay™, Dora the Explorer Discourse (I’m not even joking I really hope people will find this very very long scene as hilarious as I do lmao)’

Anyway it’s very light and fluffy though it tackles some more serious issues like anxiety, bullying and abusive parents too.

Here’s a general aesthetic of the WIP to hopefully make it less vague?

It doesn’t take place in Rome. Okay, it partially does, because they go there on a schooltrip, but it mostly takes place in a fictional town in The Netherlands which I still need to name (my antagonist is also still called [antagonist] hahaha rip)

THE CHARACTERS

Yong-sun An

💛 Is a blue cow
💛 Very organised
💛 Needs to plan everything
💛 Confused lil bean
💛 Wants to be a journalist but is scared his anxiety will get in the way
💛 Keeps a diary
💛 Prefers to write down his feelings rather than talk
💛 Will think about the worst possible scenario
💛 Tried to hide under a bed once but there was no room rip
💛 Is immune to Drew’s puppy eyes
💛 Loyal friend
💛 Worries about his grades all the time, no matter how well he did
💛 Blows everyone away with his vocals
💛 Boots from Dora the Explorer was his favourite
💛 Hides in bathrooms
💛 Is tired of All I Want For Christmas – there are other Christmas songs
💛 Is not best friends with Drew (except he is)
💛 Completely clueless: ‘He felt an odd sensation at reading the message, probably a new level of annoyance.’ ‘There was also a weird feeling in his stomach. Annoyance, he decided.’ Yeah, ANNOYANCE
💛 Has no idea what flirting even is

Andrew ‘Drew’ Lewis

💛 Don’t call him Andrew
💛 Is a lil shit but everyone loves him anyway
💛 Will come up with the stupidest ideas
💛 Thinks he’s cool
💛 But he’s not
💛 Wants to see the world and get away from his past
💛 His flirting is very uneffective pls help him
💛 Is not subtle at all
💛 Always hungry
💛 Takes food very seriously
💛 Sleeps with a bunny sleeping mask on his face
💛 Feelings haha what are those
💛 Original Mom Friend™
💛 ‘I’m gonna wing it’
💛 Will fight you
💛 Asks deep questions about pigeons
💛 Just because he can’t sing doesn’t mean he won’t sing
💛 He’s a growing boy
💛 Believes ‘please’ is an actual magic word
💛 Hates Boots from Dora the Explorer

Reyna Vélez

💛 Former student council president
💛 Loved by pretty much the entire school because she stands up for everyone and is genuinely friendly
💛 Wants to become a succesful director
💛 Vlogger
💛 Will fight you
💛 ‘Do it for the vine’
💛 Netherlands is not Germany dammit
💛 Ships her friends
💛 Will not accept help
💛 Actual Queen
💛 Will drag you out of your bed in the middle of the night for karaoke
💛 ‘Like my picture’
💛 Has a youtube channel where she covers social issues and movies, tv shows, documentaries etc and posts cute vlogs about her friends
💛 Will never make you do something you don’t want
💛 Always looks good in pictures
💛 Can’t stop, won’t stop
💛 Will throw you out of the group chat
💛 Doesn’t like showing people her weaknesses
💛 Changes the group chat’s name all the time
💛 Will make you take awkward pictures (but won’t post them if you don’t want her to)
💛 Would jump out of a plane without a parachute
💛 Most likely to embarrass you with her speech at your wedding

Hye-su Seung

💛 Too pure for this world
💛 Shy lil bean
💛  Unless you’re close to her
💛  Very observant
💛  Looks like a cinnamon roll but could actually kill you
💛  Can’t even hurt a fly tho
💛  Forgives pretty easily
💛  Art hoe
💛  Doesn’t know what she wants to study because she wants to do all the art/theater things as long as it doesn’t put her in the spotlight
💛 Plays with her sleeves
💛 Don’t disrespect the Colosseum
💛 Will hit you if you disrespect the Art
💛 Second Mom Friend™
💛 Will pet a rock
💛 Always has good advice
💛 Paint. Paint everywhere. Behind nails, ears, eyelids, walls, windows. Everywhere
💛 Good listener
💛 Knows when you need a hug
💛 Biggest procrastinator of them all
💛 Stereotypical Hufflepuff
💛 Is sick of anxiety dictating her life

So that’s a short summary (meme??) of my kids! Turns out I know them pretty well, but I wonder if all of this is even in the WIP?? I know that Reyna being the previous student council president isn’t, because I came up with that not too long ago. But the other stuff?? I DON’T KNOW. I NEED TO EDIT. EXCEPT I WANT TO FINISH IT FIRST #writerproblems.

I hope that was interesting/fun to read? And hopefully that made my WIP less vague, at least a little bit haha. Can you relate to any of these characters? If you were to describe your characters in this way/as memes, how would you describe them? TALK TO ME ABOUT YOUR KIDS

The Discussing Hufflepuff: Do You Cast Your Characters?

Hey guys! Today I have a question for the writers among us: do you cast your characters?

When I start a new story, one of the first things I do is think up the main characters, but one thing I really suck at is describing their physical appearance. I have the same problem when I’m reading; I can picture the colour of their hair, eyes, skin and usually their clothes if they’re described, but their faces? What faces? Unless I can picture them as an actor or as a piece of fan art of the character, they have no faces. They are Slenderman. No, just kidding. Thankfully I don’t imagine them all as Slenderman, but the face is kind of blurry and not very detailed, so imagine describing that when writing a character. I find it so much easier to already have a detailed image in my mind and describe them. Plus, casting characters is really fun and I love the feeling I get when I find someone and think ‘It’s [insert character’s name]!’.

So this week I got a new novel idea and one of the first things I did when I started planning this (more on this in tomorrow’s wrap up) was casting them.

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Meet Yong Sun An (Ok Taecyeon), Andrew ‘Drew’ Lewis (Daniel Sharman), Reyna Vélez (Cierra Ramirez) and Hye Su Seung (Arden Cho), the main four of my new wip. GUYS. IT’S A CONTEMPORARY. NO MAGIC. NO DEMONS. NO ONE GETTING KILLED (probably). This is a first for me (not counting short stories).

Anyway, as I started writing it (someone kick me if at the end of the year I actually finished this but not The Army of Quermo) it was so easy for me to picture the characters doing things and describing them, as I could picture these actors perfectly well. It’s the same when I’m working on The Chosen Ones and my very vague, much mysterious project (I’m just going to refer to it like that from now on).

So my question is, do you cast your characters? Do you find it useful? Or just fun? (because I certainly do). Let me know in the comments!

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The Discussing Hufflepuff #2: How Do You Dress Your Characters?

Our characters need clothes. Duh. But how do you visualise what they wear? Do they have their own wardrobes in your mind palace? Do you have a Pinterest board for each character where you pin clothes you think they’d wear? Do you use Polyvore? (See my post on this useful and also slightly addictive website here) Do you just think it up yourself? Or do you not know at all?

It took me a while to really know what my characters would and wouldn’t wear. Honestly, I still don’t really have the style of my male characters figured out, but I’m pretty proud of myself of thinking ‘This is something Rose would wear’ or ‘This is perfect for Sophie’.

I use both Pinterest and Polyvore, though I haven’t used the latter in a while. Polyvore is great because you can put outfits together yourself. Pinterest is great because you don’t have to do anything yourself, just pin it.

After several hours on Pinterest, I made these collages of my three female characters’ clothing style:

Rose

Ashelle

Sophie

So now I know what kind of clothes my characters would wear, I feel it’s easier to describe them. Of course I won’t describe their clothes every time, I doubt any reader would be interested in that, but when writing a dance scene I had trouble coming up with what they’d wear. Not to mention I feel like I know them better now, which is very important, ’cause if I don’t really know my characters that well, how can my readers now them? Cloths might seem unimportant, but through clothing we express themselves, so do our characters.

So now I have a question to YOU, my fellow writers. How do you dress your characters? Do you vividly see it in your mind? Or do you not know at all? Do you find it important to know how they dress? Do you use Pinterest or Polyvore? Let me know in the comments!

Now I’m off to figure out the clothing style of my male characters!

– The Writing Hufflepuff