hulabunny (hulabunny) wrote,

Drive-By Post: It's Time to Be a Jerk

It's been a long time since I've touched my  WIP, but I have been thinking about it more lately.  I always seem to get to the end of the first part of the story and then find myself stymied, no matter what direction I take.  Someone once said that sometimes we may have trouble creating conflict in our story because we love our characters too much to let bad things happen to them.  Well, plenty of bad stuff happens to my protagonist.  So that wasn't my problem.

I finally figured out that I am suffering from a corollary of the "I love my protagonist too much to make bad stuff happen to her" issue.  I suffer from the "I love my protagonist too much to make her do bad stuff" issue.  She suffers a lot, but she doesn't really do anything about it.  I've been so worried about her being a likable and sympathetic MC that she's kind of passive and boring and numb to everything around her.  Which, ironically, makes her come across as callous and unlikeable to most people (except me, but I'm her mom, so of course I love her, right?).

I think I'm finally ready to give myself permission to let her be hurt and angry and a little pissy.  Life's been dicking her around, and it's time she got a chance to lash out at the crumminess that's been raining down on her.   She's mad as hell and she's not going to take it anymore.

Now I just need a little more sleep to recharge my creative batteries.
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