One of my favorite parts of writing fiction is character creation. Coming from a story driven interactive writing background, I have created hundreds of characters over the years. Some were successful and kept their places on the creative stage in my mind. Others burned out the same day they were created, served their purpose, and exited stage left. Each character comes to that stage in my mind in a different way–one of which is more of a knee jerk reaction than conscious effort.
I can’t help developing stories about the people I encounter on the street, in line, or from images/pictures I come across. It’s a function of the way my mind works. In that respect, I suppose it’s much like blinking. Before I know what happened I end up having an entire personal history for an individual I saw in a picture, or an explanation for what is going on in an image. While that can be loads of fun, sometimes my Muses are on overdrive and I have stories and characters all running around on that creative stage and no time to help them tell their stories. Frustrating.
But am I the only one whose mind works like this? It’s a fun way to stretch your creative legs and let your imagination go wild. So here’s your homework assignment:
What is going on in this picture?
Who is that (He or she)? Where is that? Why are they there? Why are they sitting? What happened just before (or what is about to happen…) this moment? Run with it! I’m dying to know what your first gut impressions tell you about this picture. Please share yours…
**Image originally found here by Claudio Gatti.**