Discussions among other writers have led me to note my utter lack of character development and scene setting as a writer. I already knew this about myself, it’s true, but it’s stranger to note it when I’m deep into a story than as an abstract concept.
I have introduced characters, let them interact and make decisions, shaping the story and affecting each other–all without describing them physically at all. At this point, the reader would have no idea where they live, what their homes and bedrooms look like, what their personal style is or even their hair or eye color, for the most part.
I just don’t think that way, so when I’m writing without planning, those things don’t find their way in. My Autistic brain cares about what people say and do, but not really what they look like. I have difficulty identifying people based on their physical characteristics anyway, so it’s possible for me to have a friend for ten years and not know their eye color. I tend to forget that other people find these things important.
Obviously, I plan to fix that in revision. I do want my story to have a fleshed-out world, with characters you can see in your mind but still shape with your imagination as a reader. I have no intention of straying that far from writing conventions, no matter how much I plan to tweak the general structure. But even though I’ll be fixing it later, it strikes me as bizarre, what my story must be like for someone outside my head to read.
What type of writing is most difficult for you?
Today’s word count: 3,304
Total word count: 35,331
Today’s excerpt: When the shrill noise cut through their hazy, perfect moment, Rina jumped back as though she’d been electrocuted. She smoothed her clothes and hair down, trying not to notice Liam looking like she had just slapped him across the face. “I have to go,” she said quietly, and left without saying goodbye.