FYI: This is a literature post for writers who are interested in writing about a fictional president. This is not a political post. Please keep that in mind. Thank you!
In chapter twenty of my final supernatural-thriller, I introduce a new character: the President of the United States of America. And while I was creating this powerful character, I realized the most difficult character a writer could EVER create is a president. Being a president is the toughest job any person could have and trying to mimic that, even in fiction, is far from easy!
|Who is Tomas? Probably not what you think. ;)|
Here are three options you can use to help you create a president:
1. You could create an evil president.
To achieve this you would have to describe a mean, narcissistic personality and how this president does things potentially dangerous to the citizens of the country he/she rules. The president could relish in his/her power in a godlike manner, have a thirst for revenge that could include killing, and/or want to secretly bring down the country. Make sure to reveal the state of the country to show the impact of his/her reign.
2. The other option is to create your ideal president.
What type of qualities would you like to see in a president? What issues would you want him/her to support? While this method takes after your opinion, it would be wise to consider showing the president in a different light for the sake of remaining neutral. You can do this by including a character who may not agree with everything your fictional president does in your book.
3. Or you could try to fashion a president most people could be satisfied with.
This is by far the trickiest method and the one I took. To do this, you will have to compile a list of traits that others look for in a president and combine as many of them as you can. Trying to create a president everyone can be happy is very well impossible, but the odds of more people liking that fictional president is a bit greater if that is your goal.
Next you will have to complete a character profile. I included gender and race because even though I would like to say that these details don’t matter, it is obvious when it comes to a president (even now-a-days) it does. That doesn’t mean you can’t use whatever gender/race you want, you certainly can! It's you're book!
· Name:Don't forget to also consider what he/she would look like as you would with any other character. Just because they are presidential doesn't mean you can't reveal what eye color they have.
· Position on Issues:
And if your president has a major role instead of a small role then you'll have to go even more in-depth while creating him/her. Does your evil president chew cinnamon gum like a camel? Does your honorable president like sugar in his coffee? Does she wear a fancy red scarf every day?
So who is Tomas, you ask?
Here he is:
|He's my families cat! :P|
I didn't have pictures for this post, so I improvised.
1. Have you created a presidential character? How did you do it?
2. Which type of presidential character would you be more interested in reading or writing about: an evil president or an honorable president?
REMINDER: This isn’t a political post, so any comments bashing past presidents or the current president will be deleted. Keep it nice and clean. Thank you!