Sunday, 12 June 2011

WIP Update: Was it something I said?



"I don't like this ending."

"Don't like it? Why?"

"I died."

"Well, I'm afraid the plot called for it."

"But I was hoping to appear in the sequel."

"We've been over this before - there is no sequel to Dreaming of Sleep."

"That's easy for you to say, but you're not a minor character with aspirations of becoming the main antagonist."

"I'm sorry. I really am."

"What about a part in Cosmic Seed?"

"No."

"Why?"

"Characters can't just move between unrelated novels. Besides, you'd have to travel through time to reach Velika."

"That could be done. You do write science fiction."

"Yes. But it still has to be believable."

"Oh."

"If it helps, you really were one of my favourite characters to write. If you were real, and there was no Mr. G, I might have asked you to perform a level one diagnostic, if you know what I mean. Wink, wink."

"Ah. I . . .I . . .need to check on some of my dialogue in chapter three. Nice talking to you again, Author."

"Damn. Was it something I said?"

35 comments:

  1. HeeHee! Very funny!

    I have a brand new minor character and she's just come together visually - I adore her already!

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  2. At least you didn't ask this character to perform a level three diagnostic and to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!! :-)

    Take care
    x

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  3. :-D

    I've had similar conversations with a few of my unhappy characters. It's always so difficult to explain to them why they have to die.

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  4. I hated killing one of my main characters in the first book, but the story wouldn't have moved forward to the same resolution otherwise.

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  5. Haha! Poor character. But sometimes, they just need to go!

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  6. I haven't killed any of my characters - maybe I should.

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  7. Ha ha ha!

    Those characters - when will they learn? :)

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  8. LOL! I don't think any of my late characters have argued back like that. They must know me too well...once I've killed one I'm too busy doing in the next to listen.

    The most any of them have managed was "It's a fair cop," and I think I once heard a whispered "hello floor."

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  9. I enjoyed your post, Ellie :) Really made my day.

    Haha, I don't think any character likes being killed. I killed one of the minor characters in my book, and believe me I can tell he wasn't too happy about it.

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  10. This made me laugh. It must be hard to kill off someone you have gotten to know and like.

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  11. *le sigh* It's all too sad about this death. But sometimes we just gotta do what we just gotta do. *sobbing for you*

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  12. ROFL! I love it! Full thrusters :O)

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  13. haha!! Let's hope there is a character heaven :) Or hell as the case may be LOL

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  14. Poor character, fancy having to work for a mean author like you!
    Wait what am I saying?
    I'm on your side not theirs'!

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  15. Nice excuse! Uh, is that my paragraph calling? Gotta go!

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  16. A real dilemma but writing a disaster novel means you don't get to know most of the people you kill off that well.

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  17. Hahahahaha! Yeah, I've had that conversation with some of my characters... maybe they've been talking to each other and getting ideas?

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  18. *sigh* Breaking up is hard to do. (I wish my keyboard had emoticons on it.)

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  19. tee hee! I haven't had conversations like this with my characters. Maybe I should. It could be entertaining.

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  20. Heh. But the character has a point. Since this is SF, little things like being in the wrong universe/being in the wrong time/being dead shouldn't matter that much ...

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  21. Ha! This is hilarious. And so true.

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  22. Since I seem to write a lot of 'historic' stuff (or at least - things with a lot of 'past' in them, I kill off lots of my characters. So far none of them has argued back! Maybe they daren't..... :)

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  23. poor ellie, dead characters coming back to haunt you and ask for more alive time. that was good!

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  24. It can sometimes be disappointing to kill a character, though death is life.

    Of course, if you're lucky, an opportunity will arise to bring them back in one form or another (Rheena Liszt, hint hint).

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  25. lol...

    some wag said it best: kill off all your little darlings...

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  26. It's always a little creepy when our characters talk back... =]

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  27. OOps. I also have to consider doing this. I really hope they don't ask as many questions and just lie down and die!

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  28. Love this! Thankfully haven't had a conversation like this with any of my characters yet. :D
    nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  29. Poor character.

    Maybe I should talk to my characters some time.

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  30. Characters are so much fun when they talk back. Sometimes killing them off is a tough call - particularly when they beg. Sorry you'll miss out on the level one diagnostic!

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