There our heroine was, typing at a mighty clip, when her protagonist took root on the spot and refused to play along with the others nicely. What was she to do, dear Reader?
It happens. 26k words into a well-established storyline, my hero just wouldn’t budge. Wouldn’t speak. Wouldn’t move. The other characters took their cue from him. Suddenly I was faced with the Chapter That Would Not Flow. I went so far as to scrap it and start again. 2.7k words into the chapter, I had to admit it was happening again.
I had no choice: I got to know my characters better. Walking away was not an option. Momentum is a priority for me, as you know. Rather than just rewrite my notes, I spent some time with each one. To my dismay and joy (very zen, I know), I discovered that my image of each had been somewhat pale. They showed me greater dimensions and stronger lines.
Now I’m tweaking the WIP to work with the new view I have of the characters. Pruning here, adding there. As their motivations became more clear, so did plot arcs. I’m excited about the changes. The story is much stronger, no great surprise.
Funny thing is that I’d already decided this inaugural Friday Forum would be about Character Creation. Go figure. I just had a crash course in how important it is to do that thoroughly. I’m eager to share the techniques I used with you.
See you Friday!
Jessica Rose @jessrosenbooks