In all my life, I have not had the chance to be a centaur, a princess, or a squire to an infamous knight. I have had lots of of opportunities to study myself – sometimes learning more than I would like to know – but the human experience has its limits. This means that when I write from a point of view (POV), I have to make a conscious effort to get inside their skin and try to perceive what the world would be like through their eyes. This can sometimes be more difficult than I would like to admit.
Fortunately, I have lots and lots of interactions with a wide variety of different people in my life. I am also an enthusiastic reader, a scholar of history, and have a handful of friends I can call when I need writing advice. Each of these skillsets / tools have helped me write from different POVs. Though, it took me quite some time to master it. When I first started writing, as one early reader pointed out, all my characters seemed like the same person with a different name.
Though, there are things that bind all of us ‘living creatures’ together that can be found in all characters. While writing different POVs is important, or having a different take on an issue is necessary to build the conflict, we as humans have many abstract components that unite us. This can be found in our desire to have love, happiness, or the will for survival. These motivations can be a central key, a foundation, for building your character and understanding their POV.
Quickly, I thought it would be helpful to give a few tips when fleshing out your characters – pun intended – once the foundation is set:
Joshua Robertson is an award-winning author in epic, dark fantasy. You may recognize him as the dude whose dragons were said to destroy George R.R. Martin's and Christopher Paolini's dragons in a very biased Twitter poll. His first novel, Melkorka, was released in 2015, and he has been writing fantasy fiction like clockwork ever since. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He currently lives in North Carolina with his better half and his horde of goblins. Learn more at http://www.robertsonwrites.com or connect with him on Twitter or Instagram @RobertsonWrites.
I am an award-winning fantasy author, known best for the Thrice Nine Legends Saga. Please take some time and explore the website, and feel free contact me. I love getting mail!