Do As I Say

Dear Lorien and Jenner,

I know things are hard right now. You both feel an enormous amount of guilt, and actual physical pain. But it will work out in the end. You will heal. You will be happy. You’ll get married, live through the ups and downs, etc., blah blah, and it will all be peachy with a side of keen.  But that time is still in the distant future. If, for now, you could both stop being immature, obnoxious assholes, my life would be easier.

Sincerely,

Your author.

Sheesh.

Anyone, and I’ll go ahead and make a rare universal statement, *anyone* who writes fiction and fiction novels, would tell you during some point the characters tend to take on a life of their own. Some describe it as author channels the character, or the characters decide the direction. Whatever it is, it is usually a great experience. Usually.

I’ve been delving into my second novel. For over a week, as I tried and tried and tried to write, I got from page 99 to … page 99. Top to bottom. Then I hit page 100. When I finally separate the above-mentioned pair, I wrote almost three chapters. Now they are back together, literally stuck with one another, and they aren’t happy, which means I’m not happy. These are two characters I love. They are important to one another. They’ve crossed paths a couple of times in the past, but both have a secret or two.

And it occurred to me, while I tried to write a scene I’ve tried to write numerous times, maybe this time would work. My male character, in his usual ‘I”m going to avoid speaking about all the subjects I wish’ stubbornness, tosses something to her, and she chucks it back – at his head, leading them to a ‘are we really going to do this now’ scenario. Possibly clichéd, but it clicked. Before, I’ve sort of let them keep avoiding the problem until I thought they would be ready. Screw that. It is time for a work together or go stand in the corner until you stop misbehaving attitude from me. Do it now. Stop avoiding the issue and get it all (most) out and get over it. I began the hard conversation last night before I went to bed, so I had some time to dwell on where it needs to go.  Now all I have to do is write it. Easy-peasy … right???

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One response to “Do As I Say

  • Mom

    OMG, hilarious, but OH SO TRUE! Been there, done that, you love them, want to strangle them, laugh with and cry for them, but eventually they straighten out or you kill them off – well, not always. I understand your problem since I’m sort of in the same dilemma with characters and plot. You’ll get through this from what I was privileged to read today. Shake them up a bit, and they’ll unfurl like blossoms filled with every emotion possible and will make you, as author, happy.

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