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Snooze is one of the supporting characters in my book, Wrinkles Wallace: Knights of Night School. He's a 5th grader that is always sleeping during class. So, when I initially created and started writing for Snooze, I had to figure out how to write for a character that is in the classroom in a limited manner. I mean, when most of us sleep, all we really do is snore, drool, talk, and sleepwalk. In figuring out how to allow him to express himself through those four actions, I began to really enjoy writing for Snooze.
Well, Snooze allowed me to write random things and connect his words to what was going on in the book. Also, Snooze's sleeping presented numerous problems that needed to be solved in order to help keep the story going.
The biggest factor in writing for Snooze was to use his limited communication to allow him to say things that sounded correct, but would be slightly off. See, as a guy that is known for drifting off to sleep while holding the remote and watching television, I am often asked by my wonderful wife, "Are you sleeping?"
My answer is to try to quote everything I remember hearing on the television while I was resting my eyes, but somehow the snoring I do before she asks gives me away every time. And so, my wife is undefeated at knowing (before I do) when I'm asleep.
So, when writing for a sleeping Snooze, I always try to make him be able to say a few relevant words, but not enough to make you think he is faking sleep. In doing so, his random outbursts and jack-in-the-box characteristics (combined with comments from other characters) showcase just enough Snooze to keep him involved in story.
Thanks for reading!