For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.
Today the letter is F for Flaky Characters.
We all know someone who is unreliable. They may be scatterbrained or perhaps they are just lazy. But for whatever reason, we all know someone who is flaky.
This can be an interesting character to inject into your novel. A flaky character can add interest as they often get away with things that regular people can’t. They can also add conflict with a more responsible, rule-following type character.
Now there are many reasons your character could be flaky. They could be a highly imaginative artist or a high intelligent professor who can’t seem to work in the present as their mind is bombarded with a thousand different ideas. Flakiness could be due to a metal deficiency, or perhaps it is just that they were raised in an environment of free-spiritedness or that they have a disdain for conventionality.
No matter the reason, a flaky, unreliable character can add uncertainty and tension into your plot. Even simple conversation can be hard and relationships may struggle when the flaky character supports a friend one day but then disagrees with them the next. His or her lack of filter and careless words may cause offense. So if you are looking to add some realism or tension to your novel, consider adding a flaky character.
If you missed the other days in the A to Z Challenge:
A is for Alice
B is for Belgarath
C is for Cautious Child
D is for Dana Scully