Dear Reader, I am going to resist the urge to apologize for the lack of schedule, the lack of through line and theme, the lack of any and everything, and I am just going to talk today about what I’m reading, what I’m writing, and all that jazz.
I have been a reader all my life, but as a child I read so much more than I do now. Part of this is because I know have a full time job, part of it is because I can’t seem to find books I love the way I did when I was a kid, and part of it is just the world we live in now. Social media is a total time suck, and while some of it is valuable, you have to wade through a lot of dirt to get to the gold.
I recently took two 12 hour plan trips over the span of 4 days, flying from Orlando to Sacramento in two to three hour bursts. This, along with the fact that I wasn’t going to pay $12 for access to wifi bred the perfect conditions for reading. So I read, and it was amazing. Over these flights, I read some amazing books. I don’t have expansive thoughts on all of them, but I do have a few things I want to talk about, so here is goes:
As it turns out, no human being is truly original. We are all made up of a set of traits that makes us unique, but there is no real original situation. So how do you write a character who is completely unlike you in every way? For example, and this is a character we are going to workshop today, a Korean adoptee whose family is white who grew up in the northwest of the United States and has an interest in becoming a Broadway tap dancer. These are a series of ideas that are unique to a single human beings experience. So let’s break this character down into a workable, life-like person. I have chose a bunch of characteristics that I am not. I am not Korean American, nor an adoptee. I have not grown up in a white family, nor have I grown up in the Northwest. I have no interest in becoming a Broadway tap dancer. I have chosen these characteristics to demonstrate how to write a character that you are not. Let’s get started!