As you’ll probably have guessed from the word meter at the side, I am working on Kate ‘n’ Alex. Or at least, a new story for them. It’s completely and utterly different from my Feel the Heat entry – it kind of had to be really – but that’s not really the problem. The problem is the fact that these two characters will not do as they’re told.
Does anyone else have characters that just randomly do stuff you didn’t expect? I get it all the time. I don’t know how it happens. I’m sitting there, writing away, and just suddenly I’ll have Kate, who is desperate to sell her house but not wanting Alex buy it and pull it down (he’s a developer and the only prospective buyer, natch), offer him a night of hot loving if he will buy it with certain conditions attached. Now, this was not something I had planned. Or even intended! So where did this idea come from?? I’m at a loss. Okay, so I admit that I had intended Alex to make an offer along those lines as a bit of a joke – he is very naughty – but no, it’s Kate who comes out and says it. And Alex, who is supposed to be the naughty one, is coming over all honorable about it! Argh!! Now, I could rewrite this and try and change it back, but it’s been my experience in other stories that it doesn’t work very well. As the editorial assistant told me, you shouldn’t make the characters do things they wouldn’t do just to suit your plot. You have to let them make decisions that are true to their personalities – plot be damned (oh, all right, she didn’t say that last bit)!
So, looks like Kate is being true to her personality and I’ll just have to go with it. Anyone else need a whip to keep their characters in line??