For me, little things inspire the creation of a character. I am the type of writer who does not sit around bouncing around ideas, they just come to me. I have control over the words I use to tell the story, but the story itself.. well, it really forms itself.
The same is true for characters. If ever I said, “I need a love interest for my hero”, I would sit around for days coming up with all these female characters that I have absolutely no attachment to. Why? I couldn’t tell you. What I can tell you though, is the ones that simply pop up are always the ones that stay.
Characters popping up into my mind do have a beginning, or at least I think they do. Most of them do.
For Aiden, it was my Western Literature course. We had just read Much Ado About Nothing, and I’ll admit I had no idea what had gone on. I don’t do well with Shakespeare unless it’s on the stage or in film. I really enjoy his characters and plots, but the language I just can’t get. The modern “translated” versions of his work are just lame, so I opt for a visual experience.
Luckily for me, we were watching the 1993 Kenneth Branagh film in class one day because my professor thinks the way I do. He knew we didn’t get it. Also, because I can’t just sit there and watch a movie, I pulled out my notebook and started to do some doodling.
The movie is progressing and I’m growing pretty fond of Don John and his brooding misery and then I looked down at what I had drawn only to find a stylized depiction of Keanu Reeves as Don John with a little bit sharper features, and much more
emotion of a scowl on his face. In cursive, as some sort of a signature, I assume, I had written ‘Aiden Jayson Finnegan’.
And then he was born. Inspired by Keanu Reeves.
I sometimes forget, or maybe repress Aiden’s origins. I mean, he played a good stoic jerk, but Mr. Reeves isn’t exactly the most badass of fellows.
So. Now that I have a new character, naturally his story is coming forth, Luke and Wentworth joined him within twenty minutes, and I began my greatest writing adventure yet.