We’ve been talking a bit about characters who take off on their own occasionally, going their own way, bending the rules, arguing with the author, changing sides, telling their own jokes or insisting on a higher degree of professionalism, even if it causes logistic problems for the writer (me).
Okay… so, I have an absolute monster brat of a kid in Va’el (introduced in book two, The King’s Sacrifice). As an older character, Va’el will make a pretty vicious individual, but here he had to make an appearance and his age right now is ten. He surprised me when he immediately threw a tantrum amid much shouting and throwing things and whacking his butler. Actually, he was so obnoxious, he made me laugh – so I kept him with everything exactly as it erupted.
Now, let’s turn to Sevi, another character who took off, but very much in keeping with her professional integrity. She made me work a lot harder to present her with the exceptionally high standards she demanded, and rightfully so. She made it a better story, even if she did give me sleepless nights.
Va’el is an out of control bastard son of a prince, loud and obnoxious.
Sevi is a very in control, highly trained elite soldier who won’t take nonsense from anybody.
What would happen…
If…I put… them… t o g e t h e r…?
(Who says there’s no such things as Writer’s Revenge? Mwahahahaha!)
I think you would have the potential for one big bloody mess!
Very nice writing.
Hi John! 😀 LOL. One big bloody mess is right! It’s just too good to resist!
You know when you just have to do something… Oooh, I’m going to have a great time with The Bastard Line (book three).
I guess one advantage of writing fiction is that you get to be both creator and terminator. 🙂
Yes, but sometimes my characters surprise me. Sevi has caused me heaps of trouble – I kind of like dropping her in it, and Va’el has a future, so he lives (darn!). 😀 There’s more adventure to being a writer than most people realize. 😛
Va’el…… I dont like him…..
Heeheehee – Hi Rob. I’m glad to hear it! He ought to meet someone like Sevi, no? Only… I suppose she’s not allowed to hurt him. Could be a dilemma. 😛
Absolutely different pole character. so many possibilities could appear i think…sometimes i really hate to meet someone who really different with me, but sometimes in need them. Ehm…interesting.. 😀
Heeheehee. That’s what I’m thinking, too. A nice big clash and lots of explosions ahead! 😀
Indeed Allyson 🙂
Heeheehee [evil laugh]. 😛
Whoops! No. That should be Mwahahahaha! [evil laugh].
I am in agreement with what you said about some characters causing sleepless nights for the writer. I’ve had my fair share of it. And I know there are more ahead–if not soon. A mix of characters — good, bad, and the ugly — makes for a very good story. For some reason, I tend to enjoy writing/reading about the bad guys in stories than the heroes or the good guys.
I agree, a proper bad guy is essential for good tension building, and absolutely fun to do. We are not alone, a lot of actors love playing villains, too. 😀 Sevi caused me sleepless nights because when I wanted her to show what she could do by, say, roughing up somebody, she always wanted to take it too far and kill everybody (because she took her job as protector to the exiled prince very, VERY seriously and would not permit any threat to him). So it was tricky to get her to show the reader what she was made of without terminating the story much too early. 😀 😀 😀