No, I’m not schizo. But I am finding that certain characters speak to me more vividly than others. Today, for example, I hit a stride when I introduced the main character’s best friend. She just flowed out of me, fiesty and over-the-top and oh-so-easy to write.
Similarly, Reggie from Twenty-Somewhere is always a blast to write. In fact, he’s so much fun that I named my iPod after him. (YES, I NAME INANIMATE OBJECTS. But only the awesome ones.)
I suppose the danger in this is that these characters can become addictive. Because they’re easy to write, I like them, and because I like them, I write them more. Even when they don’t deserve it! But if it’s not their story, they shouldn’t get the most words on the page. No matter how awesome they are, or how many Chipotle burritos they can stuff into their mouth.
So anyway, that’s lesson number 28391872b. You’re taking notes, right?
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