I’ve been obsessing over my characters lately, fleshing them out and making them more likable. I’ve read all the typical writer’s advice. Give them:
- a fatal flaw
- a deep desire
- an out-of-character quirk
But I don’t want to make my characters just likable – I want them lovable, so I have two questions for my readers:
- Who is one of your favorite characters in literature or movies? What makes you love him or her?
- Tell me some of the less obvious reasons why you love your best friend/ partner?
Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here are my answers:
- Scarlett O’Hara. I love that she’s proud and stubborn, and how those traits ultimately keep her from what she wants.
- I love the way Mike takes care of the cats.
I finally got over my depressing cold. You know those colds that leave you in bed for a week moaning, “what’s the point? I should just give up.” But as soon as you can breath through your nose again, and stand up without feeling woozy your will to live gets surprisingly stronger.
Another will that has gotten surprisingly stronger is my will to make BeddyBye succeed. My cat, Reilly, slept next to me (in the BeddyBye) for many of my Nyquil induced naps. Nothing made my heart swirl as much as seeing my little baby curled up in my invention. And then I thought the only thing that would make my heart swirl even more would be if my actual future baby could curl up in an actual BeddyBye. And then I thought, “Damn it I have to do this.”
And last night I came up with the final missing piece of my design. The piece that will make the BeddyBye completely safe (which can not be undervalued when you’re talking about products for babies). The overall design has changed a lot, and I’m not sure how to make the prototype, but as Rhett Butler said so eloquently, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Or perhaps Scarlett said something more apropos, “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” Ahh shocks I love that book so much. If you’ve never read Gone with the Wind you have to. It’s so much better than the movie.