Have had a little writing hiatus over the past week or two. Actually, when I say writing hiatus I actually mean writing sulk. I went on strike in other words. Not that anyone except me was affected and certainly no one noticed. So yeah, my strike was very effective. Not. Still, it did do me good because now I’m feeling more philosophical about the NTAI, I am ready to get back into writing and I always feel much more enthused after a break.
Anyway, I have been thinking more about my non-sassy heroine and still debating about whether her non-sassiness is a good thing. She really has issues with herself and not much confidence, despite the fact that she is rich and successful. But I’m getting cold feet about her. Is she Modern Heat enough? Is she sympathetic? Or is she too unconfident for a reader to identify with? I keep wanting to pull back on her, which I hate doing because then I slip into having my characters act in ways they actually wouldn’t – at least not without a personality change. It’s a problem. I mean, the eds liked her well enough last year, even though they rejected it, but lots can change in a year. Will they still like her now?
It doens’t help that I am also working on her polar opposite, my eco-warrior heroine. She has sass enough for both of them and I have to say, her terrier-like inability to let things go is proving to be a problem for my conflict. I hope it’s strong enough to explain her actions. Then again, that could be due to my hero and his ability to get under her skin – they’ve got a such a strong love/hate dynamic going on that it’s not bringing out the best in either of them!
Anyone else ever have doubts about their characters personalities? Did you give them their head? Or did you pull back on them?