Inflate Your Characters by Walking a Mile in their ….
Pumps? Flip flops? Work boots? Moccasins? Justins? Loubouttins?
I love getting to know my characters. I’m a visual girl and one way I do this is by flipping through magazines or websites or comparing them to someone I know. Once I know what they look like, I decide who they are. I mean, what makes them tick anyway?
Who is your latest main character? What would they wear to spend a day at home watching television or reading? Okay half of you groaned…”My person wouldn’t spend a day doing that.” Let’s focus. What would they wear while at home?
Would they wear that to the grocery? Would they wear it to a friend’s house? To dinner?
Clothes say more than most people will admit, but it’s true. They tell others about your health, your mood, your life and clothes give a glimpse at your personality. So, take a few minutes to quiz your characters. They just woke up. What were they sleeping in? What do they change into for the day? If they change activities, do they change clothes? How many times? Is their closet filled with the same outfit like Fred & Wilma Flintstone or are they diverse and complex like you? I hope it’s the second one. Complicated characters make for lively reading.
Their wardrobe will give you a peek into their life if you ask the right questions. Wardrobe is one more way to make discoveries about who they are. Why is or isn’t fashion important to them? Why do they or don’t they wear anything but jeans? Is it a preference? Necessary to their job? Cheaper? More practical? And then Why? Why? Why?
Who knew our clothes said so much!
So, what’s your character wearing?