For those of you who have been following my own personal writing, you know that I’ve been re-writing my Robin Hood/Sleeping Beauty retelling. Going back to look at something I wrote almost five years ago has forced me to re-evaluate one critical aspect of my manuscript. My characters.
Characters are hard. It’s difficult to come up with different characters that have different personalities and various characteristics. It also brings up the question, where do your characters come from?
I’ll admit that a lot of my female characters come from me. I know myself best and writing the way that I would react to things is much easier than trying to understand how someone else would react. Some of my inspiration comes from people around me. My sister heavily influenced my writing of Jezebel, Robyn Hood’s adopted sister, in my retelling. I take a lot of aspects of my husband and his personality for Briar, the Sleeping Beauty character, but they aren’t the only places that my characters have come from.
Here is a list of influence for different characters in my current manuscripts.
For Robyn I wanted a character who was strong, like Katniss Everdeen, but loyal and heroic like Robin Hood himself, particularly fromOnce Upon A Time.