(1) It's day three of the A-Z Challenge which brings us to the letter C. C is for Crazy Characters.
(2) Today is also the first Wednesday of the month which means the (IWSG) Insecure Writer's Support Group is in da house. To learn more about that, check out Alex J. Cavanaugh's site.
Creating crazy characters isn't easy. I know, I know. You would think creating crazy characters wouldn't be a problem for someone like Jaybird. Cause what's the first "rule" about writing again? Oh yeah, write about what you know...
Hey, I'll be the first to jump up and admit, any character that springs forth from the confines of my mind, in general, doesn't come out "normal". But you know what? For once, I think I'm OK with that. Although creating and writing dialogue for a nutty character isn't always easy and may pose a bit of a challenge to get just right, (crazy is a fine line to walk) I like a little cray cray in my characters! Normal characters as a writer and a reader, kind of bore me. What about you? Are you drawn to a character that is mundane or do you like a little nutter mixed in from time to time? Who could forget Grandpa Potts from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? How eccentric and wild were Grandpa and Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke), yet you couldn't help but love them, right? Crazy characters like these, are the reason people will watch and/or read the same movie/book, over and over and over again.
My oldest is reading Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series right now. Caine's character Myrnin, is a nice example of a character who is completely off the rails but somehow, likable all the same.What character traits will draw you in and keep you invested in a story? Tell me, who's your favorite Crazy Character from a book or movie?