There I was, throwing myself dramatically on the floor, crying that I couldn’t do it, sounding remarkably like my four year old daughter, when Dr Jax at last arrived home from work. Honestly, I don’t think he knew what to make of it. No, that’s a lie, he knew exactly. I am the biggest drama queen in the world when it comes to my writing. When it’s not going right, NOTHING is right. I can’t concentrate on anything, I can’t do anything, I am a grumpy, horrible, whiny person. Dr Jax knew immediately what the problem was though and, luckily for myself, and for my CPs, he decided to stage an intervention before I bored them all senseless with endless emails of whiny, moany drivel.
Yup, you guessed it, heroine problems. I had changed her conflict so many times it was just one big mess and I couldn’t think my way out of it. It’s at times like this when I need a cool head to talk me through it and my husband is just amazing with stuff like that. Ten minutes later, a strong martini in hand, I was finally getting to the root of my problem – at least according to Dr Jax.
My heroines, he said, are too perfect. They have no dark sides. Which is very, very true. Not to mention the fact that they are defined by their conflict – like their personalities and their lives are totally formed by that one event. Argh!
However, it’s not all bad. After a long talk, aided by more martini and the wonderful ideas and suggestions from my fabulous (not to mention very patient) CPs, I have finally got an idea for a conflict for my heroine. It’s not exaggerated (I hope) and she has a personality outside of this
one conflict. I even managed to give her some weaknesses. Woohoo! She’s becoming a person! Now all I need to hope is that the editor agrees with this new idea.
So three cheers for Dr Jax. I told him that he could do a guest spot on my blog and everyone could write in with character questions that he could answer. He told me that finally he knew the real reason he went into psychiatry: to help me write my romance novels. 🙂
Anyone else had any breakthroughs this week? Or has it been full-on, kicking and screaming on the floor frustration?