#AmWriting — When a character just won’t work!

I’ve been trying my best to put (real) faces to the characters in my stories — especially The Ruon Chronicles stories — and to use these not only in my Scrivener files (because Scrivener is absolutely wonderful and why not), but also on my Pinterest board for Chronicles.

Giving characters actual faces mean that I not only have a better reference to work from, but also some extra info that I can give to my (unbelievably awesome) readers. I linked to some of the character photos in this post, but Senned and Aaron kept on bugging me. They just didn’t really fit the people I had in mind. So, in the end, I gave in and used those people who kind of resemble the characters that I have in mind most… without actually being 100% the characters that I had in mind. I know it sounds confusing, but please bear with me. They just seem to fit. They also just happen to be two of my favourite Bollywood actors – Shah Rukh Kahn (Aaron Ashrow) and Amitabh Bachchan (Senned Khaldun).

I think one reason why, at first, I did not just want to “cast” actors and actresses as the characters is that I did not want readers to interpret that as me copying a role they had played in the past and just slapping a new name on the character. Which I realise is a bit silly. I realised just how silly when I started speaking to one of my writing friends and saw the great stuff she’s busy with. (I wish I could divulge some details, but, alas, not). After all, even the same actor/actress can play vastly different roles. And the chance of meeting someone who fits the person I have in my mind 100% is — I hope — close to nothing. Because that would, honestly, just be really, really creepy.

So, all in all, I cannot say that my characters suddenly underwent a whole metamorphosis in my mind, but it certainly helped me to pin down the type of character I am writing and also helps me get into the “writing zone” more easily after a day at work.


Feedback on The Box of Secrets

I received some great feedback on The Box of Secrets from early readers, which is more than wonderful and really gives me the momentum that I need to continue with this story. I hardly think I would have been so chuffed to continue if the feedback had sucked.

The writing of part 3 — that still needs a title — started on April 1 with the commencement of Camp NaNoWriMo!


By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.


  1. Mm, I get that whole “casting” thing. Just because a character looks like Ian Somerhalder doesn’t mean he’s going to act like Damon Salvatore (even if he’s a bit of an anti-hero too). Happy writing 🙂


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