Thanks to A Homeschool Mom Blog, I just took on a new fiction project and it involves my super-excited son. We consider it part of our homeschooling project (Caput Draconis Homeschool). I think this will prove, not only great fun, but also an extremely useful way for knowing my characters better. So…which character then?
The idea involves writing letters from the viewpoint of fictional characters. My son writes them from the perspective of his time traveling triceratops in addition to various characters from the fiction books he reads, at least one per book. Now, you may write me off for insanity, but I want to play with other writers too!
Anyway, now I must compile a list of characters for my works in progress and choose one. The problem of that choice exists in my only current writing project…a story starring my son. We may find it loads of fun for me to write letters from my son’s perspective (and he to write to himself), but…I actually want to use this as an excuse to work on fictional characters.
Before I can create my letterbox, I need to figure out who that letterbox belongs to. It’s time to pick a serious project from my box of ideas, something I’ve never been all that great at, especially when new ideas flood in all the time, bones inscribed to a notebook for later consideration.
Yeah…I’ll likely end up with three different letterboxes on the wall for Michael to write to. The leading contestants of choice are down to Isana from Stalemate, and Renawyn from Hyper Gear. Stalemate is my oldest idea in progress that always ends up scrapped because I fail, repeatedly, to get a handle on the main character. Isana is her…fifth name (Ember, Akasha, Wynaré, Ceraia…yeah, fifth). Renawyn is my first and only (so far) steampunk(ish) character desperately searching for a novel idea of her own. She’s making it to the choices purely because my son adores her. I created Rena for roleplay purposes in the game, World of Warcraft. Her many gaming incarnations include a super hero on City of Heroes, named Hyper Gear. I love Ren too, but she’s always been part of someone else’s story, I’m not sure what her own might be.
So, there it is. My letterbox project in progress. Do you like the sound of the idea? Do you want to play? See you in the comments!