Yeah, so Monday's post was about falling in love with your characters, and I admitted I typically fall in love with the male protagonists in my books. But that's because I create them to attract my female MCs, who in turn wind up feeling like my closest friends or even family.
All this love is a good thing we decided because it keeps us engaged in our stories...
Now here's the problem: Because I love them, I never want my MCs to get hurt. Or to suffer. And like my actual friends and family, I try to protect them.
And I've been zinged for it by crit partners. "This one should suffer more/longer," they say. Or JRM says something like my writing will only improve if I can get over this. JRM is also a huge Stephen King fan, whereas I am not.
A while back in this post (link) I wrote about how I'd gotten this idea for a new story that was different from anything I'd ever written. It was dark and velvety and wouldn't end happily. (Remember that?)
Well, here we are. I'm in that story and female MC is up against a really nasty character. So far I've gotten her out of every close call with him. But he's coming back now.
She has a plan for dealing with him, and I want her to succeed...
But it doesn't really make sense for her to succeed. She's only 17 and inexperienced in what she's planning to do. She's also pushed away one person who could help her and has the other completely in the dark. Still, if she's successful, I'm afraid it would feel like one of those deus ex machinas.
So I'm sitting here trying to get her out of it. Alternatively, I'm thinking of a way to make really nasty villain suddenly have a change of heart...
That doesn't work either.
Maybe her fellow can get wind of what's happening and swoop in and save her... Ho, yeah. I'd get zinged for that one too. I know.
So that leaves me with hurting her. Ugh! I don't like it at all. Then I think, I'll just put this one away. Or scratch it all out and forget about it. Let her ride off into the sunset with male progatonist and pretend there's no evil in her world. Disney.
And anyway, who says I have to write something completely different?
So tell me, bleeps: you guys ever been here? Written yourself to a place you didn't like? What did you do? Go with it regardless? I'll take any advice ya got.
In the meantime, I'm just over here thinking about it. Monday, hopefully a book review. Til then, have a great weekend~ <3