“I don’t know you you know…”
That’s the question that a kid asked me this week about my new work in progress. Such a funny question. Nobody has ever asked me that before.
Let’s take a step back…
How do I know that my main character is obsessed with Slim Jim’s? Well, it just seems to be an obvious choice. What’s most interesting to me is the notion of putting yourself in a world, then seeing everything through that person’s reality. Love that! You can be whoever you want on any given day.
For instance, take a sixteen year old boy looking at nail polish. He’d be clueless. He might say something like, “Why do you keep all that polish nail stuff.” Just by showing how he perceives it tells the reader that he doesn’t care or even have a clue about something as simple as nail polish. Honestly, why would he know? Unless he’s obsessed by straight shiny toenails. Maybe this character has a little toe fetish. That would liven things up.
Though, every idea comes from some sort of experience, whether we realize it or not. Yes, fiction is fiction, but inspiration is learned.
I’m like really simple scenes. Like this back door. I love the colors and the shiny MacBook in the corner of this picture. It says so much about the people who live here. But, I could see all sorts of characters walking out that door…
(Oh, I could go on…)
A simple drink makes me want to write something. I’d especially like to have a linebacker from the NFL’s face light up when he sees that cherry floating on top. It actually reminds me of a night out in DC long ago, when men in suits all around me ordered these girly drinks, and then ended up crying about this and that (I bring it out in people, trust me). Should’ve brought tissues out that night. Really, who knew?
What people chose to wear inspires my writing. A simple hat can say a lot about a character. It might be wanting to preserve a lily white face. Or maybe this character is just a larger than life soul that she wants to hold up more space in the universe. When I wear a hat, it’s to be invisible. It rarely works.
So how do you know what to write? I’m not really sure, but I do know that life is pretty interesting. Isn’t it?