- May 4, 2007
Why is it that some characters who are created by the plot just waltz into my head and take up residence? Mirabelle was created on the fly in a short story that turned out to be a rubbish short story, but probably the start of a novel idea. She appears in my head fully formed, I could predict how she will react to things. Clem Helagir, however, from my work in progress, is just like a cardboard cutout. I struggle to know what he will talk about, and what matters to him. It could partly be lack of research, but realistically Mirabelle could do with more research. Does anyone else find this? Does anything help? Clem is the decoy love interest, if you like, and is supposed to be courting my protagonist, but I don't know what he wants to say.