Monday, October 7, 2013
My Invisible Friends
So while working on the sequel to THE BINDING STONE I may or may not have had the following conversation with one of the characters:
Me: This is hard. Sometimes I wish I had a little Djinn Magic so I could make it perfect with ease.
Taj: I could fix it for you. Of course then I'd be the hero.
Me: You are the hero in this one.
Taj: Of course I am. So what's so hard then? Having trouble describing me? How about, Tall, muscular, godlike...
Me: Yeah, um, too many adjectives. Look, I hate to tell you this, but I'm going to have to put you through the proverbial ringer.
Taj: I doubt your readers will like that. They want to see more interesting things. Things like, me saving the helpless, me outsmarting everyone else, me naked.
Me: *blanches* Excuse me? This isn't all about you being perfect.
Taj: Isn't everything? Here. I'll write the book. *shoves me out of chair* *cracks knuckles*
Me: If you have your way it's going to be a very short and very boring book.
Me: Taj I really have to get to work. Isn't there something else you can do?
Taj: Come on. You know you want me to grant you a wish.
Me: How about a bottomless cup of coffee that never gets cold?
Taj: That depends. How do you describe me in the book?
Me: I can see that I need to banish more than my inner editor if I'm going to get this done.
Do your characters ever bother you? Do they insist on certain things? Do you have trouble torturing them? Don't. Because that's what makes a good book!