Kintsugi is the centuries-old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with a lacquer that has been dusted with gold, silver, or platinum. The repair accentuates the cracks, draws attention to the imperfections, and celebrates the object’s new beauty—all while acknowledging its broken past.
There is a lesson in this art—one that can be applied to people as well as characters.
We are all an amalgamation of the pieces of our past. How we deal with the broken bits is often indicative of how we perceive our inner value.
An interesting character is neither wholly flawed, nor completely perfect. They too, have histories that others may never see, but their backstory influences their choices, habits, and desires. Characters throw plates in anger, some sabotage relationships, still others break faith.
The truly compelling characters are those who gather the pieces and create something beautiful from the rubble.
Everything else could be fixed or replaced, but not this.
Beached, the second Mer Cavallo Mystery, launches January 10,2018!