Creating a character

To create an interesting work of fiction you need to have interesting characters. I tend to turn towards psychology for this. First I think up the character, what they look like, how they behave, what they do day-to-day. Then I look in to what may have happened to them growing up to make them the way they are. I do this most often for personal reference rather than part of the story. It helps to keep the character in character.

Today I would like to introduce you to Simon Ryzar. He is a squirm always running away from something mentally or physically while trying to meet his own ends. My first thoughts on him were set down with the Heartbeat Enigma. As the title suggests you will have to find answers by yourself as it remains the vague outlines of a mind and is open to interpretation.

The character becomes clearer with the short film The Ryzar Vernacular where he tries to cover his tracks after internal investigations and more sinister forces start looking his way. Simon is a detective with a near two decade career in the Scottish police force. I wouldn’t describe him as a bad cop, just not a very good one. Having found himself out of his depths on several cases he made a few blunders that could cost him his job along with the jobs of a few of his colleagues. The whole point to this man is that he is just a man trying to get by in his own way. This allows me to open up questions about what motivates a person to act, how far they are willing to push that act and what effect this has on their mind afterwards.

The name Simon Ryzar originates from two very different areas. I chose Simon because of the old primary school game: Simon says, when someone shouts out Simon says put your hands on your head, all the children have to do so as quickly as possible.  Ryzar comes from a musical influence. Trent Reznor, the founder of the band Nine Inch Nails has been a very strong influence in my way of creating music. I have also spent many an hour writing with his music playing and I felt that it’s mood had slipt in to alot of my stories. Especially the stories of Simon Ryzar. So I changed a few letters as the character is not based on the musician at all but is inspired by the sound of NIN and so Reznor became Ryzar.

Once you have a face, a name and a personality the stories almost build themselves. You can look at day-to-day life and ask yourself what your character would do if they were there. Your character drives the plot so you have to make sure they are in the right vehicle.

You shall be able to discover more of Simon Ryzar before the year is out. The Ryzar Vernacular shall be streaming online as soon as I have finished the intro and cleaned up the sound. It will also be part of the DVD to go in the Mirrors And Black Magic project. He is also present within four short stories that are part of the same project.

Meanwhile you can listen to and download Ryzar’s dreams on Bandcamp and revebnation

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