Saturday, October 9, 2010

Main Characters With Sole

I got a new pair of boots last week. Black, knee high, faux lace up boots with a zipper down the side and good treads. In short my dream boots, and more than anything else I wear I think they’re representative of who I am at the moment. They’re a little off the wall, but at the same time if I pull my jeans down over the top of them they look like a nice normal pair of black dress shoes. I don’t really know why, but for some reason they just feel like me.

Anyway, while I was looking down at them I thought to myself, “wow these boots would look great on Tana (the main character of one of my books), but they’re too nice for a stone cold post apocalyptic killer.” It was kind of a strange moment. I’m a fairly meticulous person. In my head I have a very detailed picture of how each of my main characters looks, but the one thing I’d never considered was what shoes they’d wear. For some reason it suddenly became very important for me to find out exactly what my main character’s footwear of choice was and to figure out why that was. Here’s what I ended up with…

Janice Phillips (The Tiger)
A no nonsense shoe for a no nonsense girl. These shoes get the job done, and they blend into the background at the same time. It’s the perfect shoes for someone who’s trying to slip by unnoticed.

Regina Tate (The Vessel)
A noncommittal type of shoe. She could be using them to make a statement or she might just find them comfortable. They could be hers or they could just be hand me downs from a sibling.

Tana Lester (

A shoe that blends in and stands out at the same time. Worn, well insulated, and full of attitude this is a good shoe for someone who spends her time trekking cross country and kicking ass. However, the heel keeps it from being the best shoe for that lifestyle, but then again that’s sort of the point.

Well, there you have it, my main characters’ shoes in all their faded glory.

Now it’s your turn. If you asked your MC to fork over their favorite pair of shoes what would they hand you and why?



emery said...

I'm totally going to think about this- great character development question!

In other news, Monstrous is a great title!

The Blogger Girlz said...

Thanks, Monstrous is the post apocalyptic story of a girl who is literally a monster (she turns men to stone), but instead of fighting it or regretting it or trying to blend in and be normal she embraces it.

It's going to be my NaNoWriMo story, but I'm trying to get it all set up and ready to go before November,


Jewels said...

LOVE THIS IDEA! Would you mind of I made a post on my blog like this?

The Blogger Girlz said...

Fine by me, I'm excited to see what your take on the idea is.


Julianne said...

Interesting idea! I have a WIP where the main character's a business woman, so I never thought about it beyond saying she wears heels. ;) I'll think about this now, for sure. Thanks for the brainstorm. Good luck with your WsIP!