I seem to have been having a lot of conversations with my characters lately. You admit that characters know best…and suddenly they all are dying to tell you something.
I was peacefully writing when my character Spiro interrupted my thoughts.
Me (confused): You?
Me: So you’re saying you that aren’t funny enough? That you’re boring?
I thought about what he had said a long time and realized that once again my character was right. I had created a flat character. He had a name and a face, but no personality.
’s life was anything but pleasant. How had he survived all those terrible years? Spiro had given me the answer. Comedy. It was the only way he could deal with the pain, the heartache, and the suffering he had been through.
I thought that I hadn’t fallen into the trap of writing flat characters…but I had. Spiro wasn’t a person, just a name. Once again, I learned that you need to listen to characters, because chances are that they know more about themselves than you do.
And so I rewrote his character. And now he’s one of my favorite characters. He’s always good for a laugh no matter how tense the situation. He's evolved from a name to a person. It was an interesting experience...one that I'll never forget.