Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Character for lease

If only it were that easy. You need a character for your novel (office or retail) so you call Karl and he couriers one round. Perhaps one like the nice little green man on the right.

Saw this on my way to teach at Massey University (Wellington) and had to photograph it to use in a lecture on 'writing character' today. The little green man appearing in the shot is completely accidental but rather wonderful.

4 comments:

Bookman Beattie said...

Love it !

Gondal-girl said...

great image Mary, which character from a novel would you like to lease for a day?

Mary McCallum said...

Hmm GG - hadn't thought of leasing an already existing character - I kind of thought Karl would have standard characters verging on cliche which the inexpert writer would use as is and the expert writer would mould into something interesting... But an existing character is difficult, where to start?

In Real Time said...

125msq is one big character!!

Sounds like Karl is already becoming a character in his own right...