Sheldon is my favorite character.
He says the things we'd all like to say but never do because our social sensibilities tell us not to. Despite his many issues (or maybe because of them), there's something childlike and oddly endearing about him. More than that, I think I like Sheldon because I identify with him a little.
Now I'm no physicist, and I sure hope I don't come off as a high maintenance know-it-all (I'll take the oddly endearing, though). You see, Sheldon can be a bit obsessive. He tends to fixate on certain things. Like when he gets stuck on a scientific problem. Or how he can't stand it when someone doesn't answer their phone. Or the time he thought his neighbor's recycled chair was infested with bugs.
See what I mean? He just can't let stuff go.
Writing is a lot like this for me. I get to a certain point and then I can't go any farther because I get hung up on something stupid like, "This sentence bugs me. Why can't I find the right adverb to describe exactly how he picks up that pencil?" or "Gah! This scene isn't turning out at all like that perfect vision in my head," or "But I don't know all the details of this character's back story! How can I know what she'll do in this situation until I figure out whether she liked to eat Froot Loops or Cocoa Puffs for breakfast when she was ten? Oh mighty Muse, WHAT DO I DO?! WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!?"
Little stuff like that. I know it's crazy. I know first drafts are supposed to be full of mistakes and I can always go back and fix everything later. But like poor Sheldon, I have a hard time letting stuff go.
I think a little bit of obsessiveness is good for a writer. How else do you get the gumption to slog from that first spark of an idea all the way through the Miserable Middles to the
What about you? Are there any fictional characters who remind you of yourself in one way or another?
Originally posted January 9, 2012.