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?