I find myself in an interesting spot. I am researching a character. Usually, I base my character on people I have met in my life, I use their mannerisms and their speech patterns to mold this character that turns out to be a mish-mash of personas. Not this time.
I am attempting to make my stories more engaging, more emotionally charged, just more… where it isn’t full of one-liners and quips that don’t give the reader any type of perception on who the character is or what they are comprised of. I found that I wanted the hero to be a foreigner.
I thought Italian, then quickly pushed that one out of my head. It’s been done. I thought French, and then I thought, ehhh no, I needed something grittier, someone edgy…something not done before, or not really seen before. I settled on Romanians.
Why? I am not quite sure except that a name caught me. Covaci. It was the perfect last name for the character I had in mind. Covaci means “ironmaker”. I wanted this particular hero to be iron-like, steel edged. His name just fell into my lap. Yet, I realized I do not know a single Romanian and don’t know what type breed they even are. There, the research began.
Of course I started with Wikipedia. I quickly went on to surfing blogs. I stumbled upon a now defunct blog that spoke of dating Romanian men. Low and behold, my first hunch was right, they have sort of a steel edge to thm, players of the game, yet when they are emotionally engaged, they are engaged. Well, that is one opinion according to the blog of course.
I didn’t realize that researching where your character is supposed to come from helps move the story. I was more of a fly by the pants writer, I didn’t plot, just wrote. Yet, I have found that the research that goes into a character well help shape and form the story. Now if the heroine would just come as easy.
Stay tuned to see what happens to my new hero, Lucian Covaci.
©Lucian Covaci is a fictional name and a fictional character created by Nevea Lane. Any similarities to a real Lucian is strictly coincindental.