Happy Friday, folks!
So, I'm curious about character exaggerating. I've been reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, and his style is to exaggerate his characters and their situations in a way that makes me recall reality. He's not writing about reality directly. And I know other writers like Shakespeare do that too.
In my own work, I feel like I exaggerate my characters a little to make them more interesting and more dramatic. I might combine two characters, for example. And I always make sure they run into difficult situations more frequently than I hope one would run into them in real life. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 meaning that I don't exaggerate my characters at all over what I consider to be "reality," I'd say I work at about a 3. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I'd say, works at about a 6.
Where are you?
I'd love to see a scene with one or more of your characters, followed by a little indicator of how much you think they're exaggerated. I'll do the same this afternoon.