Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Well, that was unexpected.
(FYI: more on writers' groups tomorrow.)
Have your characters surprised you recently? I'm messing about with a new novel, and a little while ago, I realized that a major character was black. That was a good moment, because it was one of those times where some part of the character's personality and/or background had been elluding me and all of a sudden, duh, it fell into place.
I keep writing and messing about. And then suddenly, I realize... the character that I was planning to have as that guy's sister... is not black. In fact, she's from a ridiculously white bread household. She's WASP-tacular. So now she can't be his sister anymore, because neither of these characters is adopted or has stepparents or any of the other circumstances that would lead to a mixed-race household.
She's a wonderfully annoying character, and I think my main characters really need this irritation in their lives, but now I'm not sure where she fits. She can't be a coworker for a bunch of reasons I won't get into here. Maybe a neighbor...
This is putting a serious crimp in my plot planning. Anyone else ever have something like this happen while writing?