I learn so much by regularly reading numerous great writers blogs. I have a huge file of writing exercises and tips. One I read religiously is Teaching Authors--Six Children's Book Authors Who Also Teach Writing. A recent posting by Mary Ann Rodman: Wrestling with Voice struck a chord with me. In this posting, the necessity of each character having his/her distinctive voice was addressed. After reading it, I went back to my writing with a more critical eye. I think some of my characters’ voices need work. The best thing about these postings is they often have exercises to use to improve my writing. So I am once again revising!
This paragraph by Ms. Rodman truly spoke to me:
“My characters live in my head for years and years before I get around to bringing them to life. I keep notebooks, computer files and file folders on future characters, as they "share" with me such diverse information as their favorite baseball player, what their side of a shared dresser top looks like, how they feel about various family members. Sometimes I learn more about my characters through the writing process, but I would never presume to tell their stories without having at least a working knowledge of them.”
I too have characters dancing around in my head!