As I mentioned in previous posts I’m working on a project and maybe I’m starting something that is much bigger than me but I don’t really care as I want it so badly.
You might be disappointed again, because I don’t want to talk about the project itself right now. Once again I have to postpone it in order to talk about one detail: the characters.
My ideal characters are the ones like Eiichiro Oda sensei portrayed in One Piece. I know that I’m comparing my writing to a graphic novel, but I don’t think there is that much difference.
My ideal characters must be noticeable and people should remember them. I know that the character’s voice in writing is very important and you should be able to recognize who’s talking by the way he or she is talking. But I think more can be done.
Also I think that we don’t give enough consideration to the secondary characters and even less to the even smaller ones, the ones you meet for one scene. If you ever watched One Piece, you know what I’m talking about. It seems that Oda sensei takes his time to make sure that every single person you meet it’s perfect, with his or her background and oddities. In this way you hardly forget them and get bored.
Maybe it’s just my impression, but it seems to me that my characters look exactly the same. They belong to different races, sometimes they have peculiar characteristics but I don’t know… there is something missing. A small voice in my head is telling me that I shouldn’t think that, because in the past I was prised by workshop teachers (all writers) about my characters.
Still I’m not happy, hence the idea I want to share with you!
I think I’m going to try to use the thousands of people visiting my workplace as source of inspiration again, but this time for a different purpose. If with Monster flash I tried to look for the odd and noticeable characteristics in order to stretch my imagination and create flash stories or plot ideas, this time I’m looking for elements and small details to build my characters.
Whenever I’m going to jot down a character then I’ll have just to pick one or two details to make them unique and particular but also real enough to be empathized with.
Considering that the project I have in mind will involve many characters, I think I have to consider myself lucky to work in such a busy environment.
I just hope I won’t confuse anybody! And I won’t get confuse myself in the process!
That’s it for now!
Talk to you soon! Let me know what you think about that in the comments below!