I have missed this spot! But don’t worry I will make-up for that. So today I present to you an interesting session between a writer and one of the character from his story. This is a quick glance at the character development stage of a story in progress (Not kidding. This is how it is done).
*Warning* – Please don’t try this at home…. or anywhere else.
Character Development in a Story
Writer: Hi. Your name is Samuel Goodwill. You are American. 5’10”…uh…5’11”. Fair color. Blond hair. 28, Male.
Character: Sounds good.
Writer: You work in a large MNC as an IT engineer with generous salary. The MNC is involved in many criminal activities under the hood.
Character: So I am the bad guy!?
Writer: Not exactly. You don’t know anything about that. But you still secure most of their transactions. Part of your job.
Character: What’s my role in this story? It better be good.
Writer: You play an important role in this story. You will be introduced in chapter 3…
Character: I am important!
Writer: …and murdered in chapter 21.
Writer: This is a crime thriller. People must die.
Character: But why me? Kill someone else!
Writer: Others will die too.
Character: Do I get to do something interesting before I die. *winks*
Writer: Well… I haven’t thought about that. Story is still in progress.
Character: Give me something. Do I have a girlfriend?
Writer: No. You’re married. And a pervert.
Character: Wow! How is she? How does she look? Do I get a lovemaking scene?
Writer: She’s not that important. She dies in the following chapter after her brief introduction.
Character: Why would you do that? What about that love-making scene?
Writer: Well…I’ll think about that.
Character: Come on man! Give me a mistress.
Writer: You can’t afford one.
Character: You mentioned ‘Generous Salary’, remember?
Writer: Your wife spent a lot of money.
Character: Thank god you killed her! But give me an intimate scene. You know they are important in crime thrillers.
Writer: There are already some intimate scenes. We don’t need any more….
Character: Come on man! Don’t be a party spoiler!
Writer: *Grunts* How about we make you homosexual? Maybe I’ll put in a small intimate scene for you.
Character: Hey! You can’t do that! You’re crossing your limit!
Writer: Yes I can. And I am writer… I have no limits.
Character: But why? And with whom?
Writer: Fernando. The guy who delivers pizza in your office.
Character: The pizza delivery guy? You kidding me?
Writer: You’re a desperate man Mr. Goodwill.
Character: You goddam sexy writer!
Writer: Come again?
Character: Oh look at those eyes! And that beautiful nose. Your lips…
Writer: Ok. Stop it!
Character: Oh I just want to kiss you…
Writer: Bisexual. You’re bisexual.
Character: Better. So how about that love-making scene?
Writer: I just gave you. With the pizza delivery guy.
Character: But now I am bisexual. How will the readers figure it out?
Writer: Hmmm… you’re right. You’ve earned yourself another intimate scene.
Character: Yes! With whom? How does she look?
Writer: Your Boss’s secretary. Her name is Mary. She’s 41, married, with two kids.
Character: You don’t like me very much Mr. Writer.
Writer: As I said earlier, you’re a desperate man. We need to keep things on track.
Character: What else?
Writer: You complain a lot. But in the end you agree to whatever is provided to you.
Character: I figured out that much.
Writer: You somehow figure out the inconsistency in sales figures. You try to tell it to your boss and then you are stabbed to death.
Character: Gruesome! Why not just a bullet in the head?
Writer: Stabbing is painful. Causes a slow death. Adds to the drama.
Character: Ok. You hate me. I get it.
Writer: I am still not sure about the middle part of the story. Your character plays a critical role here. Do you mind if I adjust your character a little?
Character: Go ahead. You’re the boss. But no more changes in sexual preference.
Writer: Ok. So your name is Ralph Jackson. You’re are….
Character: Not againnnnnnnnn….!
I hope you guys enjoyed it. Feel free to drop your feedback in the comments section below.
Stay alive and keep writing 🙂