…back when I used to work in a call centre, I once had a ‘Dr. Paradise’ on the line looking to pay his gas and electric bill.
Thinking it was a wind up, I typed in his account number, and sure enough, up pops his record.
Now, I don’t know about you, but names sometimes send me off down a mental rabbit hole.
Dr Paradise…..now to me, he has to be good looking. I mean, with a name like that, he has to be fighting off the trainee nurses.
Definitely a bachelor….has to be.
As for the car he drives….it’s got to be a convertible. – With the top down, he screeches into the car park every morning and into his reserved parking spot.
Then it’s off to the ER department, where he charms both the young and old with a twinkle in his eye, and rightly diagnoses medical conditions even before the test results come back the lab.
And as for treating the ladies well, come on, it is Dr Paradise after all. What woman wouldn’t have a fun night out with him?
What about you? What does Dr Paradise conjure up in your head?
Where do you see him living?
What were his early days like?
Was he teased by the kids at school because of his name?
Got a picture forming in your head?
Then you my friend, have the beginnings of a fictional character that could feature in your next book.
Nothing complicated, right?
You simply add layer upon layer, until the little thing you started off with, grows into someone that’s almost as real as you are.
Do it well enough, and your books and short stories will be remembered long after your readers finished them.
Thing is, you can do all the fun work of the character building. The writing part? Well, you can get someone else to all the hard work for you.
How do you do that? It’s right here.
PS – Or maybe he’s a complete psychopath, that lures unsuspecting woman to their deaths with his alluring name.
It’s up to you.