So I am learning that when creating characters, you really have to know how big a role you want your characters to play to decide how in depth you go with them. If you want the character to be a main character, when then you need to give them a full name (at least a first and last name) and a full description both in personality and physical nature. You also need to be able to give them a bit of background work and/or context as to what you want to readers to know that is important about them that will help readers know why they are so important or why they should care so much about. How will they become invested.
Are you going to give a bit of background information about how they grew up before you begin the meat and potatoes? Then with your minor characters, how will you present them, will they be given any background? Some may need just a bit some will not. If they show up enough, they will definitely need some sort of background at some point, but maybe not right away or sometimes even in that book they could have a spin off (I have seen this done and it’s pretty cool). Sista Souljah did it with Winter’s younger sister (Porsche) who was not as major a character.
Then you have to make sure the time lines match up. This has always been tricky for me when writing on my own but now with this software I can stay on top of it because it shows it to me in both the character sections, the events, and the the whole book. I feel pretty confident about keeping my dates and events in order while making a these characters and what they do especially as I plan on moving forward to create a series/ spin offs based on the main characters.
More so, I am doing a great amount of research looking at the formats of books I have enjoyed. I am researching the content that must go into my book. Every author researches certain facts that they put into their books or events. They make sure that destinations exist or do not, they ensure information is not copied so they are not plagiarizing, they research names/ places so they can state they mean what they believe them to mean (unless they are making it up), or that information is accurate before posting it in their books. This can take a great deal of time. BELIEVE ME!
I almost feel like I am in school again with all the research, but it feels good when it gives way to a few paragraphs or pages of new material of written work. I can triumph in knowing that I ave something solid and I hold on to that reference with my dear life just like when I was in school and post it in my writeitnow 5 software so if it’s needed later for me or the editor I have it. They won’t catch me slipping.
It is important to know that when you have a condition, illness, disease, that knowledge and research is power. Ignorance is not bliss because it can get you killed. I wanted to put off going to the doctor when I started having symptoms for as long as I could but I knew that I could not because I did not like how I felt and I was scared. I had never felt what I had felt and with the ability to research at our fingertips there is no need not to at least begin the process there.
We have technology through all sorts of devices nowadays (tablets, phones, and laptops). If you have a problem you can put in your symptoms and get an idea of what may be wrong with you and then decide if you think you may need to go to the doctor. However, the internet can scare the heck out of you as well. The symptoms of a simple cold can come up as some rare case of some horrible incurable disease, LOL.
Sometimes though it can be quite valuable. When I put in my symptoms for my current disorder I was in disbelief. I put in a few of them and Myasthenia Gravis did come up but I was like no…I have no idea what that is, and at the time I did not have all the symptoms. Moreover, doctors (at least mine) ask me what do you think is going on what your body. They believe you are the expert of what is going on with your body and what you believe is the case. I said I have no idea. Plus honestly though I saw the word and again in his office saw the sign for MG I still had never saw that word before that day.
Once diagnosed it is great to learn as much as you can about it and then learn what will work for you and ask you doctor all the questions you can about it (over time).
- You will want to know about special diet restrictions
- Future implications for other doctor appointments like dental appointments (will you need antibiotics before going to see the dentist?, which ones can you take?)
- What medications should you stay away from? (with MG there is a huge list)
- What are exercise limitations?
- Are there research studies you may want to join?
- Learn about doctors with great ratings in your area that can handle your disorder (they typically will refer you to each other, so ask)
- Speak out against a doctor who may not seem knowledgeable about your disease, illness, or condition (this could be life or death) ask questions. There could be a new change that they are unaware or you are unaware and they can educate you. Either way double checking never hurts, I do this often and it makes you both feel good, my doctors actually appreciate it and then write it down for the future. They usually call write in front of me and that way we can all have confirmation and satisfaction.
So do your research and learn as much as you can!
There are not that many people out there that give advice on MG so if you can see and Expert that is amazing. I have had the chance to do that once and since then have not been able to be schedule since he is such busy man. Dr. James F. Howard, Jr. has written several articles and journals on MG as well as done an extensive amount of research in the field. He is a professor at the University of North Carolina. I had several tests with him. I am ready to go back so that he is able to re-test me and run a battery of other tests on me. If you get a chance to meet him and see him his insights and help is invaluable. He and my neurologists communicate at will. If you in states and especially in North Carolina check him out. He has written journals for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation for America, Inc. found here and in my opinion he is worth traveling for check him out here.