Uncooperative characters

I shared a little about my current work in progress a few weeks ago. Naturally, after I shared that, my characters decided they weren’t happy with their lives as they were – nor were they happy with the situations I was throwing at them.

Kylie decided she didn’t want to be a travel blogger, but own a bar on a beach instead. Her father was still cool with being dead, but the circumstances surrounding his death have changed a bit. Her sister…well, her sister took a completely different direction from anything I expected.

bar on a beach

Pete decided being a sheriff was far better than being a website designer. He also wanted more to investigate than his father’s gambling winnings. He got his wish, with several women in his small town going missing.

English: A Dodge Durango belonging to the Sher...
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For both of them, and everyone around them, things are going to get much worse before they get better. For me, however, things are improving. Now that their situations are working better for them, I’m able to write more and  faster.

It was a struggle for a while, though. I couldn’t figure out what wasn’t working. I only knew that they weren’t cooperating with me, with no real idea why. It  was only when I decide to swing by the hair salon on the spur of the moment for a hair cut, and had to kill time for 45 minutes, that I finally realized what needed to be done. Once I realized that, and once I made the changes, I went from fighting my way through the Amazon with a butter knife to sliding down a water slide. The difference is noticeable, and amazing.

Which is why this is going to be such a short post. I need, and want, to get back to work!

2 thoughts on “Uncooperative characters

  1. I don’t know whether to be happy or annoyed when this kind of thing happens. Sometimes it helps, other times it completely ruins the idea—though I’m glad it’s turned out good for you!

    1. Believe me, I know! I have several manuscripts that got set aside because the characters weren’t happy with what I wanted them to do, but what they wanted to do didn’t work any better. I’m really glad this is working out this time, because I can’t stand the thought of setting aside yet another one!

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