“Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.”
— Carol Pearson
Do you ever see a person walking down the street and build a story line for them, complete with history, love interests and why they are the way they are? No ?? Well, I know I am not the only one who does this. Besides I meet many interesting people in my mind this way.
Not everyone I “bring to life” is a good guy. I tend to like the bad ones with a hidden soft core that no one can see. A person with the kind of badness that makes your fingers itch to reform them and their struggle to choose which path they will continue to take which can redefine their life.
I think choices in a character’s life is very important. Choices are important in my life. Do I, as a diabetic, eat that yummy, heavenly smelling and oh so sinful piece of Death By Chocolate cake or do I take the correct, boring, tasteless stick of carrot for my daily snack? So, in this vein of thought will my character make the correct choice or will he/she deviate from how I want the story line to develop and go their own way.
Contrast is important as well. Who wants a cookie cutter hero or a chard husk of a villain? People are full bodied and multi-leveled layers of contradictions in real life and so I strive to do the same with the dwellers of my mind.
I think that the best villain I ever dreamed up was a curly blond haired, blue eyed little girl of ten with a black soul whose favorite past time was setting fire to homeless people as they slept. Her nemesis was a drunken, arthritic, knurled fingers, mean tempered old man who was forced to live on the streets. I liked the contrast between the two.
I hear a quote, the way a person says a word, or the way they act when they think they are alone and I file it away in my mind. Later on, one of my dwellers will pull it out and begin to play around with it. Sometimes they put it back and sometimes they kick it to the curb. Either way I file it away and let it bubble. I get some of my best ideas from the trash the dwellers leave behind.
Michael Sauret wrote in Multiple Personality Disorder – AKA: “Being an Author”
“Writers aren’t exactly people. They are a whole bunch of people trying to be one person.”
That about sums it up I think, don’t you agree?