I was talking to my sister the other day, and we flipped past a show on TV, and I almost said out loud, “Hey, that’s Braden’s favorite show.”
And then I realized that might sound a little crazy.
So then I started wondering about other writers. How much information do you know about your characters that never makes it into the book? How much of the things that you know affects how the character behaves on a daily basis. In Braden’s case, there was definitely a draft where more personal details were mentioned (because I felt that it was in some way relevant to note that he watched a certain program, he hated mint chocolate chip, and his shoe size was 9). (Those are all true, btw).
It’s great for a character to have quirks. But now I’m starting to wonder, does it say something bad about ME that I know things like shoe size, favorite show, favorite color? Because that’s a little specific for a fictional character. Right?