I’ve been struggling with this question for months now. The main character of the novel I’m currently working on is really off beat. She’s a former goth girl that got dumped by her vampire boy-friend and now she’s out for revenge. The only problem is she’s kind of an obsessive fan-girl klutz. She’s kind of goofy. But, I want her to find love and have her story have a happily ever after ending. It’s been a lot tougher to make that happen than I thought.
Here’s a few scene’s that I think really highlight her character.
It was Thursday morning and I was still in bed. I wasn’t going to get up for school today, I hadn’t gotten up for school yesterday or the day before either. I was wrapped in my gran-gran’s hand-made blanket that she had made, by hand, just for me. Because she loved me until the day she died. ‘Cause, that’s how love was supposed to be, damn it!
Someone knocked on my bedroom door. Good thing I was already facing that way, because I wasn’t interested in rolling over. My dad poked his head in.
“Honey, could we have a little talk?” he asked, “Me and your mom are kind of worried.”
Our talk went something like this,
Dad: “Honey, we really think you need to start going to school again.”
Dad: “Eep, Eep, Eep!” and he runs away.
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Once I had the mug shots hung just the way I wanted them, I drew a bullseye in red marker over Robby’s big, fat face and then another bullseye over Crispin’s snooty, jerk face.
I pointed at both of them.
“You two are both going down. You thought you could mess with me? Think again!”
“You,” I said, jabbing a finger at the Robby photo, “You are going to cry, fall to your knees, and beg for my forgiveness.”
“And you,” I said, pointing at the St. James photo, “You are going to worship me when I become an all mighty vampire queen, and then you will scrub my floors.”
“Mwa ha ha ha!”
My mom popped her head into my room, “Honey, is everything alright in here?”
“It’s awesome!” I said, a huge smile spread across my face and I couldn’t stop giggling.
My mom’s eyes darted to the pictures hanging on the wall behind me and then to the shredded photo on the floor that I was standing on.
“Um, okay. . . . Dinner will be ready soon,” she said, then slowly backed out the door.
Needless to say, trying to find a way for my main character to change enough to fall in love with someone, but not so much that she doesn’t stay in character, has been a real problem. And to make my job even harder, I for some reason decided to make her love interest kind of a snobby jerk. Seriously, why did I decided to make a tough job even harder?
If I can make this story work, I think it will be a really fun book. It just has a lot of tweaking a head of it.
Have you ever had problem characters that just don’t seem to do what you wanted them to? Are you currently working on a story that you made more difficult to write than it needed to be? I’d love to hear about it! Please leave a comment below.