Monday, February 21, 2011

A Mind of Her Own

How are you and your protagonist getting along?
I’ve been having a little trouble with mine. Well, it’s partly my fault. I forgot the color of her eyes, and I think she was offended when I had to look back in the manuscript to find out that her blue eyes had a hint of green in them. She also didn’t like it that I forgot the names and ages of the children she tended. (I told her I have an excuse – I haven’t worked on that part of the manuscript for a while.)
She is also taking matters into her own hands at time. She thinks her ideas are better than mine, I guess. I was going to have a neighbor help her take care of a horse that was given to her, but she wanted to do it on her own. She decided to knock down an abandoned, burned-out barn so she could get to the hay that was left in the loft. (The ladder was charred and she couldn’t climb it.) Yesterday she decided to give the children she tends a ride in a wheel barrow.
What a kid she is!
She does, however, stick with the main plot. (I think she likes the ending.) She hasn’t had a very good family life, and she ends up with the nicest, most helpful guy in the world so I think she’s happy.
Do I sound crazy? Well, I guess I am. Crazy is good. Right? (If you are in my critique group, don’t read this because it gives away the plot.) Well, I guess it’s too late for that.
I’m coming up short all the way around! Oh, well, such is life!
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Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss christy! nope for sure youre not crazy. my cousin that a writer says listing to your mc is like riding a horse. you gotta give him his head some times cause when your riding in a strange place the horse could know which way to go.
...hugs from lenny

lotusgirl said...

Good luck catching back up with the MC. Sometimes it takes a little visit before you move forward. I keep lists of things about my characters so I can catch up more quickly when we haven't seen each other in a while.

Linda Garner said...

Sounds like you've created a strong character. Or is it...the other way around? Love, LG