This week: Characters and CostumesEdited by: Dawn Embers
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A discussion on costumes and their use with specific characters in relation to romance stories.
It's that time of year. Halloween is almost here and the question becomes, will you wear a costume for the holiday or not. There are even a couple of prompts around the site that are costume inspired, which brings me to this newsletter topic. While it's fun to consider costumes in real life and doing things like cosplay, there is also room for questioning what our characters would do given the opportunity to play dress up.
This works for both romance and erotica, although some of the more "adult" stories probably have a bigger claim on costume usage. Just a guess but it makes sense since there are different levels of role playing and more room for the costumes within the story, but that doesn't mean a romance with adults or teens that keeps the content rating low can't play dress up either.
And it can be for Halloween (or similar holiday if working with a fantasy/sci-fi type world) or maybe not. That is part of the fun and where this can help show more about the characters.
For example, I have a set of romance characters where one of them is a fan of dressing for different occasions throughout the year. He had a cat outfit for spring/summer and from November until Christmas, he has elf costumes. However, despite his often wearing costumes, the one day he doesn't do anything for is Halloween. I'm still working out the reasoning but will be interesting with his boyfriend who doesn't dress up for anything except maybe Halloween. The holiday is fun inspiration but use your imagination. What other reasons could your romance character have in order to wear a costume?
Whether you write a story that includes costumes or not, it could make for an interesting character exploration to consider if the person would wear any type of costume. If they would, then you can go into the types they would prefer and if there were any reasons or particular situations that would drive them to get costumes or not. Might be good character prep if you're getting ready for NaNoWriMo. Novel writing month is almost upon us after all.
So, back to the main question. Do any of your characters like to wear costumes? And if so, what costumes do they like?
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Do any of your romance characters enjoy playing dress-up or costumes?
Last time I discussed characters who are reluctant to have love but find it in the end.
Comment by Quick-Quill
I have a MC and antagonist who will eventually join to look for something. She thinks they are related so pushes him away. He's adopted and can't understand why she won't admit to the attraction. MMM?
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