Now I’ve gone about viewing my books as characters—and planning new ones for next year—I applied the observations I’d had from watching many, many movies and reading many, many books. I’ve already said character repeat themselves. I’ll now be a little more detailed about that.
One of the best news an author—or reader—can have is that books truly don’t have to be perfect. Except for the Bible’s author, no one has entire mastery of showing human beings and they will have their fair share of flops, boring characters, surprises, characters we hate, and characters who shouldn’t even have been there and now the readers have to try to make use of them. This means even imperfect books are fine. And it’s also fine for some to be much less interesting. Because some characters are. Not every character is a frontrunner and if my books are characters, not all of them will be in the front either. In every book are characters called “side characters,” “minor characters,” “extras,” or even the harsh “flop” and “dud.”
There are almost 50 types of stock, returning characters I’ve identified in other people’s work, and they are also in mine—within the books and even more large-scale, as the books themselves. The post is already long, I’ll just describe some broad categories and leave a really detailed list for another time.
I live surrounded by cultivated fields that rapidly give way to wild flowers, wild plants, and wild life. I get most of my ideas while drifting innocuously around my house and some of those ideas get into print.