I've been spoiled in that for some time I've been writing about the same character, my beloved clown Huey Dusk. In writing about him, I have gotten to know him as I've go along. So now he is second nature to me-almost an aspect of myself.
But with this story, I am writing about a side character in the same universe as Huey. This character is Lou Blatz , the homicide clown detective that is always harassing him.
I thought I knew him well enough to cast him as a main character. However, I am running into a few snags dealing with his voice. The main problem is that he sounds a lot like Huey.
To remedy this I am doing a character sketch. So far, it is been very helpful. Through doing this exercise, I've already learned a lot about Lou: where he is from, his philosophy about life, his hopes and dreams, and how he feels about his fellow clowns.
I might also add that normally, I don't like characters to talk to me; but since I've taken the time to think this one through, I think I will listen to what Lou has to say.