When creating characters, what is the best way to decide what their "fears" are? I have twenty characters in my current novel I am working on and I have fears listed such as, fear of losing financial means, fear of loosing someone they are emotionally attached too, and fear of being alone. Are these considered acceptable fears or do a characters fears need to be things like a fear of snakes, spiders, or heights? Do the fears need to be tied to the novels themes? Is it best to have their fears tied to the novels themes?
Also, how many of you when writing something have their character's completely filled out into people before writing or do you continually keep building your characters as you write? I seem to keep going back and working on my characters more.
I could really use some tips/suggestions. My novel has twenty characters and many scenes. I am having trouble keeping everything in logical order. I need a better way (I have an outline) to keep track of scenes, including who is in each scene and what is going on in each scene. The outline is too long to keep flipping pages and isn't straightforward and easy to use.
I have tried Writer's Cafe but using the software is like banging your head against the wall. It inserts cards where I don't want them, It is clumsy switching between chapters and scenes. Basically, it's very difficult to use. I am looking for a more simple method that is easy to use.
I have looked at numerous other writing software programs and either they cost too much or don't seem to be any better than Writer's Cafe.
I should have my character profiles completed a long time ago. Unfortunately, I am still working on them. My outline is only two-thirds done which also should have been completed this week.
All week has been a struggle to get anything done between the hubby, an Amazon parrot, and 5-month-old collie. The hubby is constantly grumpy, the collie is either knawing on me, biting me on the thighs or laying on my work. The parrot has been irritable and squawky (noisy) which makes the hubby grumpier, to the point I could scream.
Of course, the New Moon is tomorrow. That has a lot to do with it. I used to work in a nursing home and the cycle of the moon effects everything....believe me! I've seen it over and over again. It was extremely obvious in the nursing home.
Trying to get my character profiles done is grueling. I have all but 5 done out of 20 and then I STILL have to go back over every one of them to double check all of the information and fill in the blanks..
I have been working on a novel that has been sitting for awhile. I am not sure how to restart it. I am at a brick wall! I have the characters and the basic plot in line. The plot is bits and pieces. I have a beginning and an ending but the middle is the problem as well as getting back into it. Any advice or suggestions?