Yep. I thought I had a character in my thesis who was going to be this example that bad things happen to decent people. He was going to be a bit rough around the edges, but still a likable and engaging character. He kinda jumped off the deep end on me today. I was working on my next section of my manuscript and trying to figure out exactly how his traumatic event was going to shape him…it sorta drove him mad.
I’m not really sure how I feel about this because I can’t exactly backtrack and keep him as the nice man he once was. I kinda still like him, and I still feel bad for him, but he’s one of those character that was so human, and he still is, but he certainly has fallen from who I thought he was.
I know that character development is something that is good for a manuscript. It just always blindsides me when you think you know a character and then they go and mess up in some way that changes them forever.
Writing is great like that. You never know what’s going to happen.
Anyhow, my last packet came back with great reviews which certainly gave me a confidence boost. I was starting to think I’d hit a block, but I got some helpful suggestions that have made working on my next section a bit easier.
Have a great Friday, dear readers!!