Had a revelation today. Just something small – however, it was a huge thought in a tiny package.
As a writer, you walk a slippery slope.
In order to create a very realistic character, some times we create them to be just like us, because we know ourselves best.
However, you are unique. There is no one else like you in the universe. So, if your character is exactly like you down to the microscopic level, don’t be surprised if a lot of people don’t get him or her. In Slice of Life fiction, you need your character to also be a tad bit more normal than you are to appeal to the masses.
That is, unless you’re Charles Dickens and are creating the most bizarre, fantastical, flamboyantly odd group of creatures ever written about.
Here’s a hint: you’re not Charles Dickens.