OH VAMPIRE LAKE
TEACH ME EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW
I am a writer. You can tell me that I’m writing for reasons other than needing to breathe and still I will write. You can tell me that I am selfish or stupid or redundant, but still, I will write. You can tell me my characters are bland; you can tell me that I…
Resources: How To Get Your Fix
Every character had a downfall; for some, this can be a bad personality, a tendency to swear like a sailor, or perhaps they just like to take part in a few “dangerous” recreational activities. It’s been said that writers should write what they know, but this advice is limiting and outdated. With a whole world of information out there, there’s no reason you shouldn’t write the character you want. If you don’t take part in any of these activities yourself, here are some resources I hope will help.
- How to Smoke a Cigarette
- How to Roll a Cigarette
- Effects of Smoking
- How to Enjoy a Cigarette (With Pictures)
- 10 Reasons People Start Smoking
- Why People Smoke (With Interviews)Marijuana:Alcohol:Drugs (General)
Remember that every character will handle a situation differently. The important part isn’t to follow these guides like a step to step blueprint, but to remember to be accurate as your character interprets their environment and actions. Most importantly, be mindful of your character’s motives: is he or she just looking for a good time? Is it recreational or a dependence? Check out these helpful links on the dangers of self medicating and withdrawal symptoms.
Skip over scenes. You know how you zone out when a conversation or event becomes dull? Your character will do the same thing.
"Are we going to the park tomorrow?" he asked.
"I don’t know," ze said. "The forecast says rain and I don’t think …"
At that point, I gave up trying to listen in.
The carnival was a blur of running children, the smell of baking grease, and little else.
Little detail. The character is bored with everything and, when you’re bored, you stop being so attentive to your situation. Alternately, you become attentive to the wrong things in your situation (e.g. the ceiling tiles when you’re at an important lecture).
The doctor’s office was white and smelled like antiseptic.
I knew I should be paying attention, but counting the ceiling tiles seemed like a much better use of my time than learning something important.
Downtime. What little downtime the character has will likely be spent doing mindless activities like channel surfing or cleaning. The character might also spend their free time looking for something fun and ends up constantly disappointed.