One small, yet huge addition to my Writing Updates post from yesterday. The main character in my fantasy series, named Darian, was abruptly kicked to the curb today. At least, that’s how it felt. This has really been happening for months, but it took some time for me to face the facts. His younger brother, Caeleth has taken his place as my protagonist.
There are six main characters and Darian still has a place in that. However the story really centers around the brother. They’ve both been trying to tell me that for a long time and, as previously mentioned, I’ve been taking steps toward listening for a few months.
I have many reasons but one that stuck with me was there are so many stories with royal brothers told from the perspective of the crown prince. Also a lot of them pit the brothers against each other. I like the idea of the story coming from the younger sibling and he doesn’t want to kill his brother and take the throne.
I’ll tell you all more about Caeleth in the months to come. I put the poor guy through the ringer. He’s the best character I’ve ever written (my bias is showing) and I’m embarrassingly proud of him.
Back to writing for me!
Never worry about being embarrassingly proud of anything you write. When I have those moments, I stop my hubbie and make him listen to a sentence, a paragraph, a page, a post.
When we’ve put our best foot forward, we should always be proud – even if the best foot is pointing in a different direction than you originally imagined.
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You have to listen to your characters. They have lives of their own that live inside you, and like children, they don’t always listen to you. Let yourself and them be free!
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