As I’ve already established, I have severe problems with procrastination and follow-through, which is why my plan to finish plotting Reaper in a week has now stretched to three weeks and I’m still not done.
In my defense, I was working on some ideas to switch up my storyline a little bit, since that’s what was hanging me up so much before. The good news is I had a “light-bulb” moment early today and now I know exactly how I’m going to be mixing things up as I move forward with the plotting of Reaper. The bad news is I’ve got to kill someone.
Not literally, just fictionally, but still…I’ve had this character in every version of this story I’ve ever tried to tell. He’s changed quite a bit over the years, and he’s come a long way since the jerk I made him out to be in the beginning, but he’s gotta go.
I wasn’t sure at first, but when I got to really thinking about Reaper I realized that the middle of the story wasn’t that great, and it wasn’t just because it was the first draft. There needed to be something happening, something to spur Austin and Phoenix into action, a not-so-literal kick to the pants.
Why I hadn’t thought of this before is beyond me, especially when I consider how easy is was to pull this dude out of the frying pan and stick him in the fire. It’ll be sad to see him go, and I can already tell it’s going to hit my other characters hard.
Have any of you guys ever had that happen? A character that you absolutely love and want to keep in the story, that just ends up being another name on your writerly hitlist?