I was thinking about my story and where I am. Tomorrow I have some writing time, and I do not want to waste an ounce of it, as I have been absent from writing for most of the week.
In my last post, you all provided me with some many good points that I was trying to implement today, in preparation for tomorrow. I was thinking about where I left off, and the next scene I would be writing (it is a rare and unusual treat for me to know what is coming next, and I am enjoying it!). I was thinking about one particular character, and I found myself asking, well, is he a good guy or a bad guy? The answer, he is just human.
I then realized that I have no true villains in my novel. How can that be? I froze. Uh-oh.
My first novel was a clear cut good vs evil. What is going on here?
My bad guys are circumstances, events, such as health, insanity, tragedy, war, love, hate, loss, and the unattainable. Will this do, I ask myself? I think of all the novels I have read. Ok. This will do.
In one way, these characters are more difficult to portray than the ones in my first novel. With those ones the challenge was not making them one dimensional. In this novel, it is ensuring that we love and hate certain aspects of the characters all at once. Sometimes, I find one character behaving overly nasty, and I have to ask myself why, and is it necessary (after all, there are no bad guys here). I have not yet had a good Samaritan, so that is not a complication for me. There is one character in the book who may have come close, yet I always knew she was going to betray her husband.
In what way do you ensure your characters are well rounded?