Happy Friday! I am working on a new story while I am waiting to hear on my submissions. My main charachter keeps yelling at me and saying: "YOU ARE NOT THE BOSS OF ME! YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO! I WANT TO DO IT MY WAY!" Which I find kind of funny. I thought I was. Am I not the one who created you?
So, with that in mind I took a step back and did some rethinking. Was I pushing my character around? Was I being a dictator or a coach to my character? What I really wanted to be was a coach.
We may create our characters, but it is their journey in our story. They each have problems conflicting with their own goals. They already had plans before our story interupted their lives and made them change course. They weren't just sitting around waiting for something to happen.
Today, I will be getting back to my story and my character. I will challenge him to do his best. I may not always see him as he sees himself. But, I will coach him to be the best he can be and make sure that he has self-assurance, self-discipline, courage and a sense of humor. Hopefully, with all this I will have created a character who is believable and can stand on his own.
Enjoy your weekend!