Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Problem solving


Problem solving

Something was at the back of my mind recently, disturbing what little equilibrium I enjoy J and worse still invading my slumber, giving me unpleasant dreams and waking me so thoroughly that I could not go back to sleep. After a few days realisation dawned – it was the characters in my novel. I didn’t like any of them; they seemed to have very few redeeming features and I really didn’t much care what happened to them.

It’s my own fault for writing such unappealing people! Since I abandoned them and turned to another work in progress I have felt more at ease and am sleeping better. I’m working with amiable characters now, or at least characters who are less obnoxious.

All this serves to illustrate is that I have very little in my life to worry about for which I am exceedingly grateful. I shall eventually return to my cast of nasties and give them a make-over, a face lift for the temperament – they’ll be better for it and so shall I! 

7 comments:

  1. It's bad when one can't sleep and turns like a windmill in the bed. I hope you will sleep better now that you changed your characters ! As long as you don't cut your ear off like van Gogh, it's OK !

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  2. I think it was a wise decision to abandon the characters you don't like. If you don't like them, probably no one else will either.

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  3. Very interesting how one's characters in one's novel can affect one's real life. Glad you realized what the problem was and how to solve it.

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  4. I've never been kept awake by imaginary characters only by what I want them to do. They usually refuse.

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  5. Good idea to start working with characters you like and care about!

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  6. It sounds like your decision to abandon your characters was a good one. Have fun working with the nice ones!

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  7. At least you can rewrite them, not much one can do if it is real life. Fortunately that doesnt' happen very often.

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