I’m hosting a guest post today for the tour for “A Life Less Ordinary”. The author will talk about “casting a cast list”. Enjoy the guest post!
Casting the Cast List
When I’m writing a story, I tend to focus on the words and actions of my characters and skim over what they look like (if I even think about it at all). Over the last few years, I’ve discovered that ‘casting’ actors for the various characters gives me an anchor for my characters’ physical characteristics.
This little writing trick started when I was struggling with the idea for A Life Less Ordinary, which began life as a potential script to be written for the now-defunct ScriptFrenzy challenge. I had the basic premise (forty-five year old woman quits her job and runs away on a six-month road trip), but everything else was a yawning black hole of “so what?” Then my friend posted a meme, which was to leave a comment, and she would give me seven actors, and I would have to come up with a television series and the characters they would play.
A Life Less Ordinary was born, and I’ve used that little trick ever since.
Now, I don’t ‘cast’ an actor based solely on their looks. Rather, I base it on the feeling I get when I look at their picture and/or think of their work. If the feeling matches the character I have in mind, then they’re tentatively ‘cast’ in the role. The actors become like mannequins, upon which I drape and build my characters.
The fact they’re sometimes great eye candy for inspiration is really only a minor beneift.
About A Life Less Ordinary
Author: Victoria Bernadine
Genre: Chicklit, Contemporary Fiction
For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip.
After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus.
Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny’s on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride.
Victoria Bernadine (a pseudonym) is, as the saying goes, a “woman of a certain age”. After twenty-something years of writer’s block, she began writing again in 2008.
Victoria enjoys reading all genres and particularly loves writing romantic comedy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. What those two have in common is anybody’s guess.
She lives in Edmonton with her two cats (The Grunt and The Runt). A Life Less Ordinary is the first novel she felt was good enough to be released into the wild.
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