My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A Must-Read for Every Aspiring (or Already Aspired) Novelist.
Getting into Character has changed my life… for better and for worse. As I read about each of Brandilyn’s seven secrets, I saw them come to life elsewhere. In the books I was reading in between the secrets from Getting into Character. This provided a fantastic learning experience!
After reading Secret 1 – Personalizing – I couldn’t help but think of (don’t laugh at me!) Katniss from The Hunger Games. I thought about the choices she made. How after you read the books, you look back and realize she couldn’t not. All the choices she made, she made because that was who she was. She couldn’t not make them. She was so realistic, so human, so stupid and yet brilliant all at the same time. Her being so HER, so REAL is one of the reasons I love the books so much. Ergo, now I love Getting into Character because it reminded me of The Hunger Games…and for many other reasons too!
Brandilyn Collins doesn’t just tell you what you should do, she tells you HOW to do it.
Then she provides examples to show how each secret can improve your writing, your novel, your story. Not just one example. Multiple ones. There are examples in the chapters and then, at the end of each chapter, there is an example from a classic novel and another from one of her own novels. Plus, her taste in classics is exquisite. She just so happened to reference Les Miserables while Les Miserables was my current fiction read. What a co-ink-a-dink!
Each secret is explained in an understandable way and yet it isn’t something you can just check off a list. Each secret requires practice, work, your own writing voice and technique. They are secrets you can use now and continue to learn to use better as you perfect your craft.
Brandilyn Collins is an amazing author. Even with just reading small excerpts from her novels or examples typed up to make a point… every story she started, I wanted to finish. She is a great author to learn from.
Ahhh…. But I said she changed my life for better AND for worse, remember?
Unfortunately, I’m nervous about sitting down and continuing to work on my current project now. There is a small part of me that feels put to shame by Brandilyn Collins, Victor Hugo, and Suzanne Collins. I feel so small now. I know I’ll overcome this feeling, I’ll eventually take the plunge. The time will come where the need to write again makes my fingers shake until they can fly across the keyboard once more. But we all have our hang-ups and insecurities, right?
Have you read Getting into Character? What were your thoughts? What insecurities do you struggle with? How do you overcome them?
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