Here a Quirk, there a Quirk everywhere a Quirk, Quirk…
Look! Look! It’s Maya and her favorite stick! Uh yeah. She likes ’em big! Oh jeez, that sounded um… anyhoo… You guys are so sweet to compliment my mediocre photography skillz in the last post ;o)
So… I thought I’d share another photo I took the other day with my new camera… which brings me to the point of this post… did ya like that transition there… LOL
What information you give about your characters shapes what the reader thinks about them…. duh Erica… I know. I know. But… and stay with me here, what if what we are putting out there is giving out the wrong message?
Oh. *light bulb* you mean not all readers will think the same thing? Uh. No.
So…. how do we as writers make sure that the mother who forgets the MC’s friends’ names isn’t labeled a deranged amnesiac, or the MC who drops a couple things isn’t labeled a shallow klutz?
Simple. We can’t. Readers will think what they want, however, we can shape what they think by making the character as real as possible and true to what he/she is there to accomplish. In other words – make the quirks work for you ;o)
For example… Someone read the first chapter of my now defunct Mystery novel, and they said, your MC comes off as a klutz. Uh what? That’s not how I intended her to be at all. Not that that’s a bad thing (yes I used to that’s’ together, so sue me) *drops cup* So, I had to think… was that what I wanted her to be like? In the end, I didn’t really care, cause Klutz worked for her. Or didn’t, since it’s now defunct.
This can work for you too, maybe something you didn’t intend for someone to read into the character, they did. Such as the MC who has a way to calm everyone down, and you didn’t know it. Or the one that breeds conflict (gotta love her/him). So it can work both ways.
Question O the day – what have you found out about your characters? What do others think? Was it what you expected?
I’m sorry to say there won’t be another Friday Featured Blog this Friday either… I know. I know. Bad Blogger. Truth is. I’m having surgery tomorrow to remove my gall bladder, so I’m thinking I won’t feel up to writing one. Don’t ya worry about me, ole Erica will be just fine, besides I’ve already been through a worse one, so this… is doable ;o)
Have a wonderful rest of the week.
See ya back here next week! *hugs*