by Shelt Garner
I daydream a lot. I say this especially now as I develop a novel. And, truth be told, the more serious I get with this novel, the less I care about what happens to it once I should happen to sell it.
I just want to go through the traditional route of trying to sell a novel. If that doesn’t work, then, and only then, will I self-publish. Anyway, I do, however, on occasion, daydream about who would play certain characters in this story I’m developing.
I always had a vague notion that maybe I could come up with a Dave Chappelle-type character for the novel and it appears as though I have. The character comes in during the second act and is something of a mentor to the Hero. There’s a twist to the character at the end of the novel which makes it all the more interesting.
I really want to have a lot of representation in this novel on an organic, not self-conscious level like, say, Glee. This is meant to be a very American story — an answer to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series and, as such, it has to have a wide-spectrum of people in it to achieve that goal.
Anyway, I have several stars in my mind for different characters. I only do that simply to have a reference point, not because I think the novel will ever be optioned. But it is fun to think about during the long trudge through development and writing.