Do you create characters that are
larger-than-life or are your characters
more like the average Joe?
When Extraordinary Eric revealed the blog chain topic this time around, I couldn’t help but think of the cartoons I watched as a child.
Oh, how I hated how Professor Keenbean’s inventions always saved Richie Rich from certain doom!
And I’m probably the only person alive who wanted to see Sylvester the Cat eat Tweety Bird (except in the Hyde & Go Tweet episode).
It annoyed me to no end to see two heroes bailed out time and time again by station or circumstance. I think that frustration is part of the reason I now choose to write about normal people whose mistakes snowball out of control. (Yes, the foundation of my life was was built with Saturday morning cartoons. Sad, I know.)
One of my MCs calls herself the Queen of Bad Decisions. She's a nurse and a mom who lives paycheck to paycheck. Despite her attempts to live a life that would make her Daddy proud, she is a slave to impulse.
Who isn’t whim-driven once in awhile? (Yes, I’m talking about that Kit Kat you bought in the check-out lane at Wal-Mart.)
Another one of my MCs is so busy focusing on someone else’s faults she doesn’t realize her own life is crumbling beneath the weight the mistakes she is making.
What kind of person hasn’t experienced denial? (Well, I haven’t, but…)
My characters are average joes with human flaws that are magnified times a hundred. No one can save them but themselves. There are no magic moon shoes designed by Professor Keenbean. No Granny with an umbrella. No Spike the bulldog. Not here.
What about your characters? Average joes or larger than life?
Be sure to check out Sarah’s post on Thursday to see her thoughts on the topic.