My mind is swimming with ideas for posts that dabble in character development. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea to read about this stuff, but some of you might be curious to learn more about the characters that make up my books.
I was preparing to dive headlong into a Myers-Briggs analysis of Louise Stella (all in good time) when I thought that perhaps I should back up. Let me start by introducing her on a superficial level. Just imagine the three of us – you, her and I – found ourselves together at a Christmas event. I, being the middle link, would have the responsibility of introducing the two of you. This is what I would say about Louise, the protagonist of my novella Isolated.
This is Louise. She grew up on an Island in the St. Laurent River (Canada) where her parents work at a Bible school. Her dad is a student counselor and her mom works in the outdoors recreation department. Louise herself, though, is less interested in all that and more interested in her books.
You could talk with Louise about books, homeschooling life, or her little sister and find her opinion on a variety of subjects. If I left the two of you to talk alone, and she got comfortable enough, she might tell you that she is secretly detached from the whole church thing. She does what she’s expected to do as the daughter of two dedicated believers and her lack of faith goes under the radar, but deep down it’s a façad.
From the novel:
The silence dragged on. Louise’s mind went blank. Then, bit by bit, it began ticking once more. Before long, her thoughts gravitated to God. Why? Louise thumped her fist on the ground. He’s never bothered me so much! At home, she read her Bible every day so as not to appear foolish in Sunday school—and because her father made it clear that she was expected to. His intentions were good. He thinks I love God like he does. A pang of guilt hit her. Everyone thinks so.
-Excerpt from Isolated
But for Louise to confide that much in you would be huge. She’s very withdrawn and unforthcoming with regards to her personal life. She prefers to stick to weather-and-menu conversations that don’t require vulnerability.
Let’s Bring it to the comments
- Do you have anything in common with Louise?
- Have you ever tried to befriend someone who resisted opening up to you? Or are you yourself that person?
- Are you more inclined to enjoy deep and personal conversations or superficial ones?