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My straight man is more or less a non-entity right now. In this world I'm creating with weird, self-obsessed characters, he's supposed to be the one you identify with. Unfortunately he's so much of a surrogate-type character that he's really just kind of there. That's no good. My favorite straight men characters are just as well-developed and individual as any other character. It doesn't help that I'm pretty balls at making up interesting young male characters. I'm not sure doing a character profile will help; I don't think tacking on random things about him will help so much as developing some sort of -- I don't know. Personality. Bleh.

The leading lady is pretty much completely unlikeable and I made her that way by design, but I have to make her a empathetic if not sympathetic character. Also a challenge.

And my plot has a wonderful point C, and point A is okay, but the whole middle's a bit up in the air. I've got a bunch of different plot threads and have no idea how to put them into one cohesive storyline.

So basically I have some work to do. I'm excited for it. I'm hoping to go back up to Butte County on Tuesday, maybe check out their historical society.

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ideealisme
Nov. 29th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Ah, characters
I had a similar problem where I had two villainous females and one conventional, unimaginative but decent woman who was taken under their wing. But as it happened, I can't stand conventional, unimaginative decent people and my dislike of this character and her gullibility and traditional values just poured straight out of the page. I wanted to kick her arse from here to Galway and so, inevitably, did my protagonist!

Good luck with Mr Tim Nice but Dim!
ideealisme
Nov. 29th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Re: Ah, characters
also (points at music) Irish stuff!
mariko_writing
Dec. 7th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Re: Ah, characters
Ha, that sounds like a job of a character. My problem is that I like him okay, but that's because I'm the overprotective writer etc. etc. and I hope I can work it so he won't be too boring to everybody else.

As for Irish things in general, I'm actually debating whether or not to go back this spring. It seems like a no-brainer, since I'd have done most of the heavy legwork (flywork?) already!
hanfastolfe
Nov. 29th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
OT:

I used to giggle at place names with the word "Butte" in them.

It probably didn't help that in one unfortunately named county in Idaho, the football team name is the "Pirates".
mariko_writing
Dec. 7th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
The Butte Pirates? I hope whoever came up with that name was a meticulous IRL troll and not that clueless!
the_sly_wink
Dec. 2nd, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
The perennial problem of relatable-but-boring strikes again. Luckily, most normal people are hardly normal -- we all have weird personal quirks -- so even if you end up giving the protag a few bizarre traits, simply the fact that he has them might make him both interesting and relevant to your audience even if they don't share those specific quirks.

How much do you know about his background? What is it about him in particular that allowed him to remain fairly normal in a universe full of freaks? Maybe you can explore why he's still balanced, and in finding the reason you'll uncover other ways those roots have influenced him.
mariko_writing
Dec. 7th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
That's some good advice there. I suppose the direction I might take him in is someone who is painfully aware of his ordinariness and wishes he were more messed up in order to fit in.
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