I think, to make a compelling character, you need your character to be like my Aunt Betsy. Yes, Aunt Betsy.
First, she is super nice. She would give you the shirt off her back (if she wore one, but she is always wearing those floral dresses). She invites people in to visit, she makes meals for people in her neighborhood who are having a hard time. Yeah, she has a reputation of niceness.
Now, something you should know about Aunt Betsy, which is kind of creepy. She has twelve cats. TWELVE! Which makes her house stinky, so she wears enough perfume to make your eyes water. It's kind of gross, but she's got that niceness thing going on and she can't stand to see any stray cats go without.
The cat thing wouldn't be so bad if Aunt Betsy didn't look so weird. I mean, she has blue hair. You know, the kind of blue that is fluffed up so high—it makes you want to eat a big ball of cotton candy. That kind of hair (hey, at least it’s not pink).
Plus, she loves her make-up. I heard once Queen Elizabeth or Mary or some queen out there, wore her make-up without taking it off. It was so thick when she died that they had to use a chisel to find her actual skin. I think Aunt Betsy took make-up lessons from her. It wouldn’t be so bad, but that red lipstick’s gotta go!
There is something else you should know about my Aunt. I found out - that night - the one when Mom and Dad had to go to my little brother’s school play, and I had to stay at her house because I got in trouble for taking all the money from the family’s vacation jar to buy myself some doughnuts for school lunch (but that’s a completely different story).
You see, Aunt Betsy has a fetish with that old movie Arsenic and Old Lace, you know, the one where the old women were killing off lonely old men and burying them in their basement. Well, she keeps a shovel in the basement. And the floor boards look like they’ve been pulled up. Plus it kind of stinks down there like a moldy sandwich that’s been kept in a lunch sack too long. It just makes me wonder. But I’ve never asked her. I mean. Would you?
Know your character! That’s how you can make your character more compelling. Any other thoughts you’ve learned along the Blog fest?
Thanks guys! I hope you all get tons of writing done with many compelling characters to interact with.