Welcome to the third week of Writing Up Wednesday! Besides the writing I do for my blog, I’ve also started writing fiction again this year. NaNoWriMo 2016 really kicked me into gear and got me excited about writing again. It’s an excitement that I hope will last, and there’s no better way than to keep motivation up than to share it! I know a lot of my blogger friends also have writing goals outside of their blogs. Week to week I want to discuss various different topics related to writing, and I’ll put a link-up at the bottom of each topic post. This week we have:
Writing Up Wednesday #3: Which Character is Your Favorite?
It’s ok. You can be honest. We all have them. That one character you get excited to write about, your fingers just fly across the keys. Or maybe it’s two characters…together. Or maybe it’s your bad guy. Oooh.
When I first started writing my novel (RotS), my main character was my favorite character. Honestly, truly, deeply. I loved her so much. She was, after all, the inspiration for the entire story! She’s badass. A little shy. But badass. And she has to make IMPORTANT CHOICES.
However. After I plotted out my entire story (see Writing Up Wednesday #2), I realized that no, my dear MC is not, after all, my favorite character. My favorite character is my dragon.
My dragon is broken. Horribly broken. She (yes, my dragon is female) is hideously scarred, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Sometimes the other characters wonder whose side she is really on. She is powerful and dangerous because of her very nature, but also because her pain makes her unwilling to trust anyone. She is a fighter. She never quits. And eventually, she embraces herself – scars, desires, inabilities – everything.
She is neither white nor black, in the moral area of things. She is decidedly, stubbornly gray, and it is partially because of that that she is such a huge part of the story. People want to control her and use her for what she is – and she refuses to let them. She refuses to be used.
She’s my girl.