It can also come from the most unlikely of sources and when my son came home with this painting he had created at school, I immediately fell in love with this character:
Believe it or not, this is a self-portrait, although I must add, that as cute as the little dude is, he looks nothing like my son! He is cute though isn’t he? And I can picture him as the star of a story or even an animation.
If you find an image like this or create a character in your mind, you need to bring them to life. They need, not only a name, but a whole backstory and in order to make them real, it’s important to consider the little things that make the difference – pet hates, strengths and weaknesses, any quirky little things they might say or do or even a party trick that they might have up their sleeve. You can have so much fun creating new characters this way. Not only do you give them an address, a family, medical history and hobbies, you bring them to life.
By doing this, you begin to see how they might fit in to a story – creativity sparks creativity and all that – and before you know it, you have a story that you can’t wait to get down on paper.
At the moment, this little guy is still at the nameless stage, as I’m too busy with other projects to devote any time to him. He looks at me from his position on the fridge door, never failing to make me smile and it’s almost as though he is reminding me not to forget about him.
I won’t do that though, I promise…
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