While soaking in the tub, today's blog topic made its way to the center of my brain. I was thinking about the characters in my WIP, and I realized how flat some of them are. I need to exaggerate their behavior, spice things up. I mean, even boring is interesting when it's taken to extremes, right?
Think about this...say a girl is at the supermarket, and she bumps into her high school flame. It's been years since she's seen him, but the sight of him still stings. Even though he moved on, (wife, kids) her love for him is as strong as it was back in the day. How would she react? She'd probably get red-faced then say, "Hi."
But...what if she grabbed his left hand and searched for a wedding band? Not finding one, she says, "How's married life?" Nervous, hopeful, but concealing all emotion, she waits for his answer.
He says, "Don't know. I'm divorced."
Her insides are squealing,but her face is relaxed. She thought she'd lost him forever, but now, he's back on the market, the one that got away. So, what does she do? She doesn't stand there, making idle chit-chat. No!
She grabs him by the shirt collar and smacks him on the mouth with a red lipstick-kiss. When she pulls away, she gazes into his wide eyes, and a sly smile spreads over her face. No longer the insecure girl she was back in high school, no longer the girl he dumped for a less awkward girl, she says, "I've waited a long time to do that. Call me." She slips him her card. "I'll let you know if I want more."
Wowee! That lady is interesting, and I think a lot of us, the ones who aren't as bold, secretly wish we could be. Maybe it's good that we aren't, lol, but there's nothing stopping us from making our characters brazen enough to be envied. Is there? Nope, we can do whatever we want with them!
The scene above has nothing to do with my WIP, but I think I'll make some of my characters as bold as the lady in the scene. And while I'm making them bolder, I believe I'll go over the top with the smelly and psycho ones too. I'm thinking we should exaggerate our character's flaws, behaviors, and moods. Let's spice things up! Let's give our readers something to talk about--characters that stick in their heads! 2013 is a year for boldness and fun, so lets get to our keyboards and shake things up!
What do you guys think? Good idea or bad idea? Please share your thoughts.
Until next time, happy writing! :)