Have you ever written a character you didn’t like? And I’m not talking villain here.
It’s all about the heroine, or the hero. In this case, both. I make no claims to know all there is to know about the craft of writing. Yes, I’m published, but that in no way means I’ve nothing left to learn. As taught to me by my current WIP (work in progress, for those of you having a wtf? moment).
They each have a job to do in your story, correct? What do you do if you don’t believe they can handle the task the story has set for them?
It took me awhile to come to grips with this. At first I balked and thought, nah, I created them. Of course they’re going to work it out. I justified their existence by telling myself I didn’t know them well enough. And kept writing. And I still wasn’t buying it.
The hero seemed weak, more of a nineties kind of guy, when what I wanted was more like knight-in-shining-armor wrapped in Pierce Brosnan.
The heroine couldn’t convince me she was a strong female role model, no matter how she tried. Simply going with the flow does not a role model make.
What to do, what to do. Um, uh, mmmmm. *light bulb* Rewrite! Yes. That will work.
It didn’t. And the third time it didn’t work either.
I looked at all the other story elements. Plot, subplot, supporting characters, setting, dialogue, back story, etc. Nada, zip, zero. It all seemed to work together, I could see where the story would go, knew the beginning, middle, and end. The problem still remained. I didn’t believe in my main characters. Nothing they did could suspend my disbelief.
I have to ask myself, did I run out of talent? Or is there an elephant in the room and I’m just not seeing it?
The choices are - ditch these two losers, or recreate them with the strength they need to carry on.
What would you do?