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#FirstDraft60 Day 9 — Your Characters’ Physical Descriptions including Character Casting

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

#FirstDraft60 | Today we’re going to get into what is, to me, one of the most fun parts of prep work—figuring out what our characters look like!

Part 1: Casting Your Characters
There is absolutely no point whatsoever in me repeating what I’ve posted before about casting your characters, so here are the links to the series:

Be Your Own Casting Director—Choosing and Using Real World Templates (RWTs) to Help with Character Development (Updated September 2014, originally published October/November 2006).

  1. Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:04 am

    I forgot to add a screen-grab of my “casting file” for one of my characters—rather than pin every single image I find to my Pinterest board for this story (though there are quite a few), I still go the route of saving as many of them as I can into a PowerPoint presentation so I have easy, offline access to them:

    Alex Casting File

    I’ve actually recast Alex since I started working on this story for FirstDraft60. She’s still a blonde plus-size model, but one I could find a whole lot more images of than the first one I picked. This is Valerie Lefkowitz, and there are even some videos of her out there, too:

    She’s probably almost 10 years younger than my heroine is in the book (Alex is 44), but that doesn’t really matter when the template’s look and mannerisms are just right.


  2. Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:21 am

    The first character I cast in this book was the hero, Stone, whose template is Brandon Routh. He just seemed like a perfect fit for a former-FBI Agent turned Linguistics professor.

    I’m doing something completely different, for me, in this book, in that Alex has an almost-21-year-old daughter (Illona, template: India Ennenga) and an ex-husband with whom she’s still quite good friends (Charlie, template: Paul McGillion).

    I’ve also cast Alex’s parents and brothers; her personal assistant, Ross (who also happens to be married to Charlie); and Stone’s sister, LauraAnn.


  3. Lori permalink
    Wednesday, September 9, 2015 8:08 pm

    I actually started a lot of the work you’ve been posting Days 1-9 for the past year. So, I guess you could say I’m caught up. I look forward to the next 51 days!



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