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November 29, 2010

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Maureen

I can see falling in love with your characters at that point! You remembered their past and let them remember it.

I'm currently in a tug of war with my editor about my heroine's past, so I can really 'get' why the past connection is important..

I'm the writer who loves my characters before I start! But I do find I fall in love with side characters as I go and then is when it all comes together that...they need a book of their own!

Donna Cummings

Maureen, I think their shared past helped me fall in love with them -- as well as the playfulness between them.

I agree about falling in love with side characters who need their own books. That is kinda happening here too, esp. with a character that is taking a bigger role than I'd given her initially. LOL

Hope the tug of war about your heroine ends with both sides happy!

Jan O'Hara

Too funny. I just had something similar occur and it was persistence that saw me through. I've been writing my WiP rather mechanically as I lost the character's voices for a while - long story. Anyway, just last week I found an emotional undertone to a scene between them that made the real for me again. I'd been too superficial. Too one note. When I allowed in the playfulness and tenderness and sexiness along with the angst they were both naturally feeling, I fell in love with them both again. I'm so relieved and so happy I just can't say, although I'm sure another writer would get it.

Donna Cummings

Jan, isn't it funny how writers seem to experience the same things (even thoughts) at the same time?

I like your description of how you found the character's voice again, thru the emotional undertone. And yes, another writer DEFINITELY gets it. :) There is so much magic involved to this process, so whenever it seems to retreat from us, it is scary!

I'm glad you fell in love with your characters again. Sounds like you will all be off on a lovely jaunt now.

Terri Osburn

I think I used to love my characters, but right now I'm not loving much of anything involved in this writing stuff. Most especially my ability (or lack there of) to do it. LOL!

I do enjoy those moments when the characters take over and you realize they're cool and funny and people you'd want to hang out with. Good to hear you're having those moments and here's to many more popping up along the way.

Donna Cummings

Terri, I've been in that exact position before with my writing. And boy is it exasperating! Especially when you know what you want to do, but you can't get the words to move to the right place. Grr.

I love those moments you described, and I'm sure you'll get back there too -- the characters will start to miss you and will lure you back. :)

Melissa

Fascinating blog! I loved to read about THE moment you fell in love with your characters. I'm glad your persistence paid off!

I guess I haven't had this happen...yet. I think my first two stories I had such a clear idea that the hero and heroine were the "stars" that I already loved them. Actually, in both they already love each other, so I think this "already in love but lots of problems" had something to do with already loving them. But I have ideas for a romance between secondary characters who don't even like each other. That is so different (for me) that I could see needing to warm up as they warm up. It should be interesting!

Donna Cummings

Melissa, there are times when being stubborn is a GOOD thing. LOL

With my other books I was kinda in your position, where I already loved them (which kinda made it hard to be mean to them -- LOL), so it felt weird to me to not have that same connection to these characters. I just had to get to know them better.

I can't wait to see what you do with the secondary characters who don't like each other! You will definitely have fun warming them up. :)

Liz Fichera

Getting to know your characters is a lot like dating. I think I start to fall in love with them when they reveal their vulnerabilities. If only they could bring me chocolate and flowers, occasionally! :-)

Donna Cummings

Liz, that's a great analogy! The characters do reveal their personalities, good and bad, as we get to know them over time.

And I'm with you on having them bring goodies! It's only fair after the headaches they can cause. LOL

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