Your character's window on the world
I’ve been doing a lot of investigating into gardening. Did you know you can make plumper roses with a mixture of bone meal and blood meal in aerated soil?
I suppose an overt example would be Patrick Bateman from ‘American Psycho’. His body of knowledge being the clothing people wear, their haircuts, the restaurants they frequent, etc. I only recently discovered that Ellis actually made the clothes combinations in the book actually quite weird. Something that a reader whose savvy with the topic may notice but which is probably gonna go over the heads of most readers.
I have a folder called "Random Characters Talking." If/ when a "character" starts "talking" I write down all the stuff they say. The next step is to find out the context and environment in which the character was talking—which often becomes part of the story.
If one were to be candid, one might say that they initially thought the picture heading this post was of chicken nuggets. One might further add that this is a rather unfortunate insight into their own Kentucky scented body of knowledge.
I often wonder if you can reverse engineer someone's lens by what they take at a buffet or a salad bar.
There is a friend, who I hung out with often when we were younger, who would always get three plates of food if at a buffet. He wasn't poor nor obese. The gluttony on someone else's dime used to get me worked up.
Probably said something about my lens
(Btw, I'm using that idea - Salad Bar Rorschach test)
In what way is a child narrator different? Just a narrower view with less knowledge? More of their nature and less of what theyve studied?
I must say, that opening describes dicks in such a beautiful way. It rivals the epic opening to A Tale of Two Cities. But with dicks.
And I haven't read Slaves of New York but I imagine prostitutes see the world differently. In terms of marks, johns, tricks. There was a scene from Monster where Aileen was looking around a diner or bowling alley and figuring out the fetishes of a few men around her. IDK if any of this relates to your point, Chuck.
Do you ever do interviews with people who have specific work or educational backgrounds or from certain countries when you are creating a new character?
Had a question for you, Chuck. This is a really simplistic explanation. If you had a story where a character states they have to do a certain amount of things, like finish three tasks, or find four items, is that a clock, since accomplishing/obtaining the final thing means the story will finish?
My body longs for knowledge