Building Characters for Another Story Idea

Two weeks into the new year, and I’m still working on my next story idea. I’ve written a lot of stories, and I’ve put a few of them on Amazon as books. I enjoy the process of developing and thinking through stories. Characters are one of my favorite pieces to build and think about. Because of the challenges they face and their successes or failures, the story can be good. Not every character will succeed. In some stories, the character’s failures make the story interesting. But for me, I like it when the characters grow and beat their challenges.

As I work on my next story idea, I’m fleshing out the characters. I’m trying to make their situations believable, even though the story is a science fiction story. Another piece I’m working on is trying to make my characters even more individual this time. Every story has its recognizable pieces, but some of the small differences can make it stand out.

In a way, they’re like anyone I meet. We’re all similar in many ways, and our differences make us interesting. One thing I’ve learned in my day job is how those quirks can make the interactions fun. I’m hoping to enrich my next story with a bit of that interaction.

Check out my books on Amazon.

My latest book, For All the Stones, takes place in a world that is coming to terms with the rising technology and the waning magic. Even though the magic has faded, some are still after the ancient glories of the mages who once ruled the land.

My book, Collected Lives, takes place near the end of the twenty-second century, with vacations and tourism to Earth by off-worlders controlled by major corporations. The largest corporation, Collected Lives, has several enemies. The story follows the events as four people from different portions of Collected Lives’ process are thrown into the middle of a larger problem.

My fantasy, A Map, a Mage, and a Sacrifice, is set in a world with ancient technology where sacrifice of lifeforce brings magical power. The greater the pain and suffering, the greater the magical energy generated. The Forty mages controlling the empire use voluntary sacrifice of the citizens to generate power they use to protect and defend the empire. But their rule may be coming to a close.

Malignance, my third book in my time travel series that began with Resonance and Dissonance, is on Amazon as a kindle and a paperback. That was a fun series to write, and for now, it is completed. I have also placed all three books from that series into one volume titled The Machina of Time.

If you’re looking for a science fiction story, try my book The Promise of Dust, which takes place in a cloud city floating in the atmosphere of Venus. Or Progenitor’s Legacy: Deceit, which takes place many years in the future on a tidally locked world that orbits a red dwarf and has been reached by humanity in their search for the alien progenitors who seeded the galaxy with nano machines.

If a young adult science fiction is more to your liking, check out my series This New Earth, that starts with Demons of a Dead World and Secrets of a Dead World.

If you are looking for a young adult fantasy, check out my book The Threads Unbound.

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