As usual, a Kate Colby observation got me thinking:
We often don’t reflect on it systematically, but writing characters is a big responsibility: an author has the final say over everything about them.
The ultimate aim (for me) is eventually to be able to write someone whose personality and actions flow with a “real-life” feel. The character should be as unpredictable as we actual people can be. He/she should also be as occasionally blandly predictable in ways all of us are as well.
Above all, we’ve all based every character on individuals we know or have known. Even if we don’t want to, we will invariably find ourselves mining living, or once living, people as a basis. I firmly believe any writer who asserts some character is based on “no one” is not being honest….
….because conjuring up someone entirely from “no one” is to my mind close to, if not, impossible. Even if the character is not meant to be based on someone, without us even realizing it someone, or several someones, provided inspirations. Due to the infinite twists and turns and complexities of our mind, that’s unavoidable.
I sign off for this post hoping you’re having a good day, wherever you are.
I also hope you are surrounded by people you might well draw upon as excellent fictionalized characters at some point in years to come. No matter what, though, uh, NEVER tell them that. 😉