It has been over a month since I wrote my last chapter for my book. I am currently stuck half way through chapter 12. I've blamed my morning sickness long enough, but I can no longer blame the baby in my belly for my shortcomings.
See, now I'm having a problem with a character. He's misbehaving. It's very much like trying to get my children to clean their rooms. I know what I want to happen. I know where I am at now, I know what I want the result to be, but the in between just doesn't go as planned. Rebels.
Seriously though. Here I have a grown man, who makes famous honey mead and owns an inn and pub. He's a brooding soul with a tragic past. Kind of like old Harrison Ford who doesn't have quite the sass mouth Harrison Ford does. He's supposed to be unassuming, yet scary. And in my scene that I am trying to write, which happens to be about his tragic past, he either keeps ending up sobbing like a blubbering baby, which destroys the tough guy persona. It's okay if the wall breaks down, but only a little bit. There has to still be dignity left when he's done revealing this snippet of information. OR, he's SUCH a tough guy that his spilling the story doesn't seem realistic from this guy.
So, I've had to start over several times. It's not writer's block. I know what I need to happen. I have no lack of ideas. But my character needs a time out. Maybe a few minutes with his nose on the wall will make him see how ridiculous his behavior is.
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