birth of a character. #socs

I have never written one of these before, but I think it sort of works for me since I tend to ramble on anyway. If you are not familiar, it’s called Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Per the rules, I’m not allowed to edit (painful for me) except for spelling errors which is a good thing because that’s a deal breaker for me. I did feel the need for pictures, though… hopefully that’s not a breach.

This week, the prompt is birth.

When I dream up a new character, a birth, if you will, (I know, I’m probably stretching here) I literally dream him up. (I say him because in my head, it’s always about the leading man even if the story ultimately seems to be told more from the leading lady’s perspective.) And when he comes from my dreams, I know it’s all wrong.

Okay, maybe not all wrong… but my idealism often goes too far. Do men like these exist? Because, let’s be honest… some of them are a little too perfect. Should I change them? It doesn’t matter if I should… I know I won’t.

one of my many inspiration pieces…

I guess my writing really is for me first, then everyone else… because I want the (nearly) perfect guy. I escape into the story and that escapism is fantasy for me. He literally comes from dreams. And loneliness. How could I change him? Oh, he has faults. Everyone does. But they’re charming faults. Is that a thing? It is now.

For some reason, I have no trouble making my female characters imperfect. I think it’s because they all come from parts of me… and I am so far from perfect it’s ridiculous.

Speaking of that, why is it that in most tv shows and movies, the main female character (and often other females, too) irks me? Even if I start out liking her, it seems I always get to a place where I want to kick her in the face. This doesn’t happen nearly as often with me.

I think I might be boy crazy. Despite not being a teenager.

Maybe I have some weird jealousy thing going on with all the women. But these are fictional characters. My life and theirs have no basis for comparison. Yes… ridiculous. For example… in the Marvel movies, I do not care for Black Widow. People love her… but I don’t. Maybe I just want it to be all men. I realize that sounds like some sort of reverse-feminism, but I can’t help it. I like watching the men.

Save me Iron Man! And bring Thor.


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Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Hawaii where she could learn to surf. She loves music, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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23 Responses to birth of a character. #socs

  1. Nilzeitung says:

    was ist Idealismus!!!! 2017.!

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  2. J-Dub says:

    Dreaming up a character definitely counts as birth. Some of my most favorite people are imaginary characters. As real as anything! To me, birth fits/

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  3. LindaGHill says:

    They say “no tears in the writer, no tears for the reader” (not an exact quote, but pretty close) and I think that goes for love as well. I believe if we don’t fall in love with our characters, there’s no hope anyone else will. πŸ™‚
    Pictures are all good for SoCS posts – I’m particularly glad you shared the one that inspires you. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for joining in, Sandra! πŸ˜€

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  4. This was great. They say to write what you want to read and reading is an escape, most often. Even if we know that these perfect characters are literal unicorns they still have a place. Because dreams should not be hemmed in by convention or expectations or our own realities. They should simply be free to exist as a vivid part of your imagination.

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  5. The romance formula, of course, where the hero is dreamworthy but slight flaws that the heroine can fix. And vice versa! I like the prompt πŸ™‚

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  6. cwhiteweb says:

    “kick them in the face” πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ good one!
    Flawed female leads coming from parts of you, I can relate to that too. A friend always says he sees different shades of me in my writing, compared to the girl he knows.
    And if they come into our dreams, they have to be perfect. Otherwise they’d be kicked out of our dreams, right? 😁 πŸ˜…

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  7. Your inspiration piece taking a shower……well, that’s just perfection! And, there’s nothing wrong with all men on the screen! Yes Please! πŸ˜‚

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