Working with fictional folk can be hard and at times it can feel like you are herding cats.
Here are some situations which show how frustrating characters can be…
- Characters hijacking your story.
- Characters getting too big for their fictional boots.
- Fictional folk starting to say what they want.
- Characters talking amongst themselves.
- Attention seeking minor characters who start to take over the plot.
- Hot characters leading you astray and making you write unnecessary steamy scenes.
- Characters talking out loud in the early hours when you are trying to sleep.
- Characters taking on your view of the world and not listening, as you screech at the laptop ‘for goodness sake be yourself!’
- Dull and lifeless characters!
- Characters who have this annoying habit of asking a question and the question bothers you so much you end up writing reams and reams trying to answer it.
- Characters who start to morph into your other characters halfway through a novel.
- Characters who distract you from normal day to day life and you find yourself apologising to loved ones saying ‘blame my character!’
- New fictional folk who decide to pop up at the wrong time.
- Characters who die in a pathetic way and you end writing their death again and again until you are satisfied with their grim departure.
- Characters who scare you and make you go to bed with the lights on.
- Characters who are clearly nuts and you worry about what they will say about you as a writer.
- Characters breaking into song at difficult moments.
- Happy characters when you want them to sound miserable. This leads you to muttering ‘I don’t see why you are so chirpy!’
Even though we enjoy working with fictional folk – they can be hard work! Sigh!
Let me know if there are any other situations I have missed.
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