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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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The Fighting Times!

My re-write of Chapter 14 is complete.  I realized while finishing it up this morning, it is a pivotal chapter in which I introduce the conflict of two main characters. Hindsight is amazing.  I always knew the conflict was there, but since I have not worked on that particular time in those characters lives in a while, it was interesting to return to the tension and distrust between them.  It was also a good opportunity to strengthen that conflict.  Since one is a man of authority who hates to be undermined, and the other a spoiled, over-indulged, young woman who hates to be told what to do, it’s good times, good times.  Not for them, but characters can’t have all the fun.

I also upped the conversation my two heroines have concerning romance.  It’s an uncomfortable (capital U, capital N, capital C, etc., etc.,) subject for one of them, and a side she prefers never to show, not even to her closest and oldest friend.  Don’t get her started on it though, because if you actually manage her to expression an opinion on love, she may never stop.  Sheesh.  She ran off on a tangent I didn’t know she had.

So back I go to book 1, for more editing and maybe a re-write here or there.  The motivation to cleanup the book has been wonderful, and I’m going to ride it as long as it lasts, and then, push through the pain. 🙂


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