I love sandals. Almost have an obsession with them. If I had my way, I would wear sandals every day. Unfortunately, I live in Northeast Ohio which is cold and either rains or snows 7-8 months out of the year. Maybe that’s why I do love sandals so much because of what they represent. And what is that?
Freedom, sunshine, sandy beaches, picnics, walks in the park, reading under an umbrella (apply sunscreen my followers – SPF is your friend). I literally feel more relaxed when I wear them. So today before work, I put on sandals and headed out the door. My first pair of sandals that I have worn to work this year. Oh what a momentous occasion. And what is even better? They are brand new! A pair that I bought to break in for my trip to the RWA ® National Conference. So it is a double-bonanza of happiness today because whenever I look down at my feet I think about the conference fast approaching.
Our characters also have obsessions and as writers we need to delve into them. What a character finds important can be a hint as to what their obsession is.
Let’s say that you have a heroine who has a ratty stuffed animal (a turtle named Harold, to make it interesting) that they have kept their entire life and they refuse to give up. Now to an outside observer, this may seem ridiculous. Delve deeper. Maybe the turtle was a gift from a foster mom who only had her for a short time, but in that short time gave her a sense of family and a love she hadn’t experienced before or since. Ahhh – the turtle doesn’t seem so ridiculous now, does it? Pair this with a need to belong and be loved that affects the heroine’s decisions and you have an interesting character developing. And if you are writing romance, who should the hero be? Someone who has a family but doesn’t understand how lucky he really is? Maybe someone on the outs with his overbearing mother who has somehow befriended the heroine? I see the conflict bubbling already…hee, hee!
Look to your character’s obsessions to find their fears and flaws and help them grow throughout your pages and your readers will be hooked!
PS – for those of you who read yesterday’s blog (Day 88) and are wondering about my chapter from HE#%, I will tell you that I finished it! No angry dreams for me last night!