Friday afternoons are full of breaks between projects, and perfect for sneaking in some writing. I’ve found that these ten minute snippets of time are often the best moments to knock out those smaller tasks that require short bursts of intense concentration.
Right now I’m finishing some backstory on one of the characters in my next book. The character happens to be the antagonist of the story (though that isn’t to say he’s the worst character the reader will meet), and I’m finding that these short bursts of characterization are perfect for fleshing out individual aspects of his personality, or small, pivotal moments in his past. It was during one of these writing bursts at work a few weeks ago that I even came up with his name: Ivan Ashford.
What about you? Do you find that working in short bursts can sometimes help your writing? Have you ever tried it? What’s more fun, creating your protagonist or antagonist? What’s the best bad-guy name you’ve come across?