Yep, I’ve had to get out my whip and give my poor characters a sound thrashing to get them back into line. Thought Kate making her proposition was a good thing but no, as it turns out, it’s not. Honestly, that woman is turning out to have more layers than an archaelogical dig. What I thought was her main conflict was actually just a symptom of an even deeper, underlying conflict!
Here was I thinking that she doesn’t want to be let down by a man because her ex up and left her with a huge mortgage, but no, as it turns out. Her real problem is that she’s a bit of an emotional whirlwind, falls in love too easily, and is devastated when they leave her (as they do because they are can’t handle her), so when the hero comes along, she’s absolutely determined she’s not going to fall for another unsuitable man. Who knew?
I love that aspect of writing though. Who was it that made the onion analogy? Peeling back the layers to expose the ‘real people’ underneath. You think it’s all going to be one thing and then suddenly it completely changes the deeper you get. Luckily Alex’s conflict is fairly straightforward, though I’m reserving my judgement on this one. He could have a skeleton lurking in his closet that I don’t know about.
Actually, I was going to put up a picture of Kate but I don’t think I’m one of these people who can work from pictures of real people for my characters. They’re never quite right and it puts me off. That’s not to say I can’t find inspiration in certain pictures though… 😉