If Your Story Was A Charm Bracelet…

Yesterday I had the wild idea to start looking for charms that symbolize things and characters in my WIP so that I can have a pretty little bracelet around my wrist as a constant reminder that I need to persevere through this re-writing/editing process.

As I searched through page after page of charms….there are thousands mind you – maybe even millions…my quest became less about making a bracelet and more about uh oh…I have no idea what images or objects represent my characters.

I honestly had to stop and think long and hard about it. Some charms were easy to choose, but then there were others that, until I saw them, I wouldn’t have picked out for anything in the world.

I have an Irish character that ends up being sort of a Good Luck charm for my protagonist. I’d never thought of him that way until I saw a pretty green emerald shamrock charm.

There’s also a simple door in my WIP that acts very much as a boundary symbol, an important line not to cross. That door is mentioned several times. Again, I hadn’t thought of it until I saw a door charm.

All of this may sound completely silly, but I ADORE being able to see a symbol and immediately connect it to a character I love or even an inanimate object of importance…even just an idea.

When I think of Lisbeth Salander, I automatically think of dragon tattoo, fire, computer, and motorcycle.

Katniss Everdeen? Crossbow, fence, Mockingjay.

Harry Potter? Lightning bolt, glasses, stone, broom.

Frodo Baggins? Ring, fire, sapphire for his September birthday, blade.

See? I’m sure these lists could go on and on.

After about an hour of surfing on Google my list of charms grew pretty long. It was a cool experience to make a visual link with my WIP.

If your novel was a charm bracelet, which charms would represent your characters/novel?

15 Comments

  1. Hi Charissa! I don't have a charm for individual characters but I do keep a small robin's egg on my desk representing my WIP, an egg that I'm waiting to hatch. Happy to discover your blog – best of luck on your novel!

  2. Wow!What a great idea! I too would have a bracelet so heavy I couldn't lift my arm;)I'm doing something odd (for me) and writing 3 novels at once, so my list would go on and on. I can't wait to read something of yours. Sounds interesting already!

  3. That is a great idea.

    I don't think I could do one bracelet for my novel; it would turn into a necklace very quickly. One for each character, however, might work.

    I think I'm going to attempt this. Yeah.

  4. @Michele Shaw Oh Michelle…I'm not actually writing 3 novels but this is the first in a trilogy so there is a lot of pre-planning going on as I write this. All the links have to fit in later books…Plants and Payoffs matter, so I feel you. And I might take you up on that reading offer πŸ˜‰

  5. This was stuck in my head all day. I kept thinking about it at work and now I'm inspired to make a charm bracelet for my story. Thank you for the wonderful idea.

  6. Love this! What a great idea, Charissa!!! I think I may have to steal this one. Right now, I print out a picture that represents each character and I hang them on the wall behind my monitor. If I had a charm bracelet, I could carry them around with me wherever I go πŸ™‚

  7. @Melinda S. Collins Hey Melinda…I have pictures too…of EVERYTHING in my novel. Characters, cityscapes, settings, cars, rooms, clothes, maps, you name it, I got it. But I'm a very visual person. The bracelet idea, like you said, was to be more of a reminder to me why I work so hard every day on this thing. I believe in it. Making it a little tangible is nice πŸ™‚