Tuesday, May 17, 2011
What I know about character building I learned from an Anne Geddes photo
Sometimes I think Anne Geddes photography is inventive, sometimes I think it’s creepy. She takes a newborn and makes it look like flower. She wraps a peanut-sized baby into an afghan and makes it look like… well… a peanut. We look at her pictures and know we are looking at a baby, but we also see how it reflects a flowering pot (or whatever they are dressed up as). In writing fiction characters, we also give the illusion that the person we’ve created is more than it appears. We dress it up until the smoke of our imagination resembles a real person. Then we take that smoke and blow it in the direction of our readers, hoping they’ll see through the dress-up, but mostly hope they’ll see themselves in what we’ve created enough to relate to the book.
So to all you writers out there who are struggling as much as I am with good characterizations, good luck with dressing up your smoke. That flower pot hat is worth the beautiful snap shot you’ll get. :o)
P.S. I thought this blog post by Shannon Hale about rating books on Goodreads and Amazon before they are published is hilarious. Check it out!