While I know I am exceptionally, delightfully bad at updating any and all of my blogs, I must confess, my motivation to edit a novel isn’t much better. I love, love, love tearing apart other peoples’, but mine… it’s harder. My inclination is to rewrite. And then my characters get bi-polar and plots get tangled like string and just… ack.
I’m working through Strange at the moment, and I keep telling myself – keep going! It’s almost at the interesting part! Whenever I task myself to re-write a story, I get this brilliant idea that something needs to change. In Fate, I needed to ditch Matheus. In Strange, I’ve decided that Ariella is too typical of a character for me and she needs to be more… popular. And bear all the stereotypical popular girl traits. I’m talking a conglomeration of Mimi from Blue Bloods, Cher from Clueless, and a little Nicole-Kidman’s-standard-character thrown in for spice. This is not my run-of-the-mill heroine. It also means she’s from a world I know nothing about. Now how can I make her this person, and still have her be a complete science geek? In the world of stereotypes, it doesn’t add up.
Have you ever tried writing a character that’s your polar opposite? How did it work out?