Friday, September 24, 2010 | By: Taffy

Writing Characters & Foto Friday


I'm on Elana Johnson's blog hop today.

I've pictured a house just like this in so many books I've read.
Does this house remind you of a book you've read?


I think an interesting story is when one of the characters is an inanimate object, like, say, a house.  To pull off that creativity, as with any character, the author has to write a strong voice. There aren't pictures in most of the books I read (except Calvin & Hobbes), so the voice is what sets the characters apart the most. Sometimes, without even seeing the name, I "hear" the character by the way they are talking or the slang they use, even if it's a house speaking.

What voice would you give this house?

13 comments:

Yamile said...

In The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, both by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, the house is another character of the story. I love how it brought the characters together, and pulled them apart too.
Great picture!
Have a great weekend, Taffy.

C. N. Nevets said...

That house sounds like the neighbor lady who used to yell at my brother and me for getting too close to the fence between our yards because her fence was actually (she said repeatedly) "at least a whole three foot inside to the p'ope'ty line."

Elana Johnson said...

Oh, I love this picture. To the green stucco, the brick, and the hay roll in the field. This house is screaming CREEP to me. But I want to go in...

Steve said...

Cool picture. The house looks creepy, but I think its misunderstood. I think its tired of being judged and just wants someone to come visit.

Melissa said...

This house is so creepy. So haunted.

Is it weird I want to live in it?

Talei said...

Love this photo, the house is just silently watching us. I think it would make me scream at night though.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Super point! I think your setting can be a character in the story... WTG!

Cathy Witbeck said...

Awesome picture. I love the crows in the sky and the dark clouds. It all looks so ominous. The round hay bale shows that it's contemporary, so you can use modern language but still pull in major creepy stuff from the past if you want to. Great place to start a story.

Elena Solodow said...

The picture is fantastic. Hmm, as for voice - something very grumpy and furtive with a bass voice.

Taffy said...

I love everyone's different ideas! I am the worst for first impressions so I think the nicest, cutest little ol'grandma is inside baking chocolate chip cookies.

With arsenic...

Rachelle said...

Cool house! Definitely haunted.
Good to see you on Tristi's blog today. :)

Nicole Zoltack said...

I love the picture. Not sure I would go inside the house though... there might be a crazed man with a chainsaw lurking nearby.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

It makes me think of the house in A Red Heart of Memories by Nina Kirki Hoffman.