Hello Readers! David Telbat here. Today, we welcome you to a page from my Writer’s Tablet called “Character Trait Surprises.”
The man gave thanks that his dark business suit would blend with the darkened city night as he smeared mud on his white face. There had been more water in the culvert than he had anticipated, but he’d had to hide quickly from the Religious Freedom agents. He didn’t want to dwell on the cost of the now-ruined suit.
At least the Bible software had been delivered safely. That mission was complete, yet there was still much more to do. Only by delivering the software did he realize that the underground believers had no computer! Now he needed to find a black market laptop. Yes, the cost of the new suit seemed very slight in light of the risks and dangers these believers faced every day. (Inspired by themes in The COIL Series.)
Character Trait Surprises
Sometimes an author is surprised by the turn of events and character traits in his own novel. I try to write character-driven stories, throwing my main characters into conflict and relying on their own abilities and characteristics to resolve the problem.
When writing Dark Liaison and Dark Hearted, books one and two in The COIL Series, I had an outline to follow. But within my outline, my characters surprised me at their selflessness. When I sat down and really examined their character sketches, I realized I hadn’t planned for the main characters to be portrayed as selfless men and women at all! So why had they become so?
Sources of Inspiration
Before I could understand why my characters had become selfless in their roles, I had to refer to my sources of inspiration for writing these novels. My inspiration was life itself—real people I’d read about from websites of Voice of the Martyrs or Samaritan’s Purse, who step out in faith daily to serve others.
But inspiration had also come from other people whom I know myself—missionaries in places like Turkey and Cameroon, whose real personalities and love for Christ had also come to life in my characters.
To me, some of the most wonderful parts of writing are surprises like these. You, the readers, are not the only ones who discover grand schemes and larger-than-life characters. The writer does too—as he writes! 🙂
On my Writer’s Tablet page, you’ll find other posts and articles where I share more behind the scenes info about my novels.
See you on the next page!
COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY we have David’s Part III Challenge in, “If Christianity were Illegal – Proof of Christianity.”