So, despite the fact that last week's post talked about how difficult I've been finding it to fit everything in, I've signed up for the April A-Z Challenge again. Meaning I have to post a blog a day every day in April, apart from Sundays.
You must be mad, I hear you say. You're probably right. But in the new more organised world that I am living in, I already have a plan in place. On the editing course that I'm doing at the moment we have been looking at the importance of voice and characters in action, and this is what has inspired my approach to this year's blog challenge.
Every letter is going to be dedicated to the characters in novels that I have found memorable. And just to prove how very organised I now am, I have decided on characters for virtually all of the letters already. And it's only the 2nd of February - I could be taking this organisation thing too far.
As I am moving house in a few days all of my books have been packed away so the remaining letters will have to wait to be filled until we are all settled into our new home. There have been some real tussles for some of the letters, I do wish authors would use names beginning with S and T less often, but I think I have made a final decision for most of them.
So far I have characters from Margaret Atwood, Isabel Ashdown, Damon Galgut, Marian Keyes, Peter Carey, Raymond Carver and Maggie Gee, to name a few. There are many more in place covering crime, thriller, women's fiction, literary fiction and short stories.
The ones that are still missing characters are: E, F, L, P, Q, W, Y and Z. What characters beginning with these letters have been memorable for you?