I am yet to write a book but something tells me that the characters that I'd give life to will be snips of real people that I have met or will meet in the near future. So here are few ideas of shadows that may get their flesh handed out to them, in paper or 0's and 1's.
The Richard Katz before there was a Richard Katz
He has something you can and can't explain at the same time. A friend in need is a friend in deed but the lead will play into his tricks more than once. He is an artist of impeccable nature but damaged in a way that is yet to be explained by the lead and understood by the character himself. Aloof and sincere at the same time. I don't know, he seems too fickle for his own canvass to explain. Read Franzen to understand.
The shadow of a man.
This character is another "He." Though shadows are rarely given sexual traits or qualities so this character can be considered an "it." It will be a character of class but eccentric ways of keeping to it's self. Worthy of admiration for the support that sticks, like a shadow, I guess but still dark enough that you can't see through it. It may be loving and grudging at the same time. Ambiguous. Yet, something is still appealing in the shadow. It is physically evident but not tangible in the same way. Also a great maker of art, though its pen is inked by self decay and brooding self keeping. You'd want to understand the shadow, only if you can get it close enough for so long.
I would like to believe that not every character should be dark. This character sticks like a chewed out gum, only, she is as fresh as can be. The outlook in life, the little oddities and the disposition clean and composed. Confidence is a main thing with this character. She is one of few characters that may inspire and may have amazed some. You'll know her if and when you borrow a book, you'll find a photo of her as a bookmark. Infectious.
This character has no definite identity. As the name says, it drifts. It hovers, it lingers but is never gone. The pages will be many so will its appearance but not fully noticeable. You'll wonder why it is a character. I do. I'll have to work on this one.
I'm out of things to put here. It was harder than I thought. Will post more on this later. Please suggest character ideas, too. I wrote this as the air con unit is blasting little flecks of ice. You can actually hear it like a revving engine.