I’d been doing some character sketches to better understand a couple of my characters. Probably should have done it earlier, but I’m not sure if they would have been as productive, knowing what I know now about their roles in the story. There’s some retrofitting, to be sure, but it is worth it.
Much in the way I’ve sketched characters with words, I decided to sketch a bit of the city in which much of the novel takes place to help cement some of the details in my mind.
No one will confuse me with this guy, but it’s helped give me a better sense of scale that will be useful for description and understanding how the characters articulate with the setting.
I recommend it to anyone who writes, regardless of skill.
What do you have in your bag of tricks to become more intimate with the setting and characters in you writing?