Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Challenge: Changing the Plot




Since our characters and authors have both had such a fine time lately discussing each others' shortcomings, how about we get specific about what we'd change if we could?



Characters, how would you write the story, if you didn't have that pesky author interfering?

Authors, in what ways are the characters keeping you from crafting the novel you always dreamed of writing?

53 comments:

bunnygirl said...

I once had a character refuse to fall in love with the guy I picked out for her. Since the romance was critical to the plot, the story was ruined.

Kalila said...

Wait. You had other characters before us?

bunnygirl said...

Is that a problem?

Kalila said...

I guess not. It sure explains a lot, though.

Ricky said...

Well, if I could change my plot I'd be in a lot less danger. It's bad enough I have to keep the demons out of trouble all the time, but being pursued by Kalila's pissed off ex-boyfriend and his henchmen really complicates it. It's a wonder I have time to book any gigs at all.

Vic said...

You want to know what's wrong with the plot of my author's book? It's that I'm not the main character or the star of the band.

You want to know what's even worse? She's a nice blood type B and eats a clean, organic diet. Very tasty. But I can't seem to get near enough for a snack. She says it has something to do with her being the author. I don't believe her.

Kaelin said...

I'd get to stop killing people.

Aidan said...

I'd like to avoid that whole year in the pit thing.

Jason said...

Aidan and Kaelin would never go away in the first place.

Marc said...

All our parents would still be alive.

Ricky said...

Aidan, you spent a whole year in a pit? are you sure you're not related to Marenya?

Nevin said...

Why do authors have to be so mean?

Aidan said...

Hi Ricky,

Yeah, I totally identify with her, poor girl. It sucks.

Mostly it's boring, but I got really hungry, too.

Jason said...

Our author says the meaner they are to us the better we sell, whatever that means. She sounded really defensive when I asked. I tell you, she's worse than Warrick Oman in a snit.

Marc said...

She just feels guilty for making you fall in love with Angelique and then killing her off.

Jason said...

Oh, I wouldn't trade Angel for anything, but it does suck that she had to die so early.

Marc said...

Angel lived a long time for a human. You don't have to be so noble. I know how much you miss her. And she could have made Angelique an Ignigenae, instead.

Mitsu said...

Ohayo gozaimasu! What I dislike about my plot? I almost do not know where to start.

The whole being married thing. Personally, I always thought you were supposed to love your spouse, or at least know them before being married to them.

Also - death. I am too young to be dead. And now that I am dead I am stuck with my spouse? Please. It could not be that hard to have left me living. I am sure I was in for some sort of tragedy of I did not get away from that place. My author could have quite easily written about that and spared me from death.

Finally I do not know what my dear author thinks she is doing. She continues to allow my spouse to believe that I can become pregnant. They really are both idiots.

Candy said...

I trust my author to work things out for me. I mean if it weren't for her I'd still be stuck in London. I'm not much good at running my own life now, am I?

Aidan said...

Hey Mitzu,
If it's not too personal, why can't you get pregnant?

Aidan said...

Hey, and has anyone seen Shadow? We had to bail out for an unexpected mission last week, but I haven't heard from him since we got back.

Kaelin said...

Candy,

Don't trust her. You never know what they'll make us do next.

How is SF btw? I'm only a few hours from there so if you ever need help or anything, leave me a message here.

Mitsu said...

Aidan-san, it is not personal at all. It just shows the stupidity of some people. I am a man. Unfortunately I was cursed with extremely feminine looks. So either my spouse is an idiot and cannot comprehend the basics of human reproduction, or he has found something to keep him busy for the next hundreds of years. I personally believe the first option.

Candy-san, I would not trust your author either. Even if she is nice at the moment. That can always change. I know one of my author's characters who was killed on a whim, just because she annoyed the author. She was later resurrected, however, when my author remembered that the story was told through the eyes of this character.

Charlene said...

There would be less running for my life from soldiers...we're always running from the soldiers and I'm sick of it.
More cigarette breaks, less running, and a nice vacation at a resort sometime. And I'd remove that whole two months I had to spend in prison.

Why'd she do that to me?

-Brandon

Kaelin said...

More cigarette breaks. I could go for that.

Aidan said...

Wow, you fooled me. Tough to do. Of course, you're way far away.

A man huh? You, um, husband must be pretty dang confused.

Sheesh, I hope Mrs F isn't listening to all this.

Bo said...

Yeah, Aidan. I was wondering myself how Mitsu's husband could've gotten that confused. It's probably the author's fault. Those kinds of things usually are.

I'm mostly okay with my author. I could've done without the stalker, but those things happen, you know.

Ricky said...

I seem to recall you didn't do anything to discourage the stalker, Bo.

Bo said...

I'm supposed to turn down a chance to have sex? What planet are you living on, Ricky?

Mitsu said...

Hai, I blame my author too. Why did she have to give me such a dumb spouse?

Candy said...

Hi Kaelin. Thanks, but at the moment I'm up in Victoria, all alone and feeling terrible about my aunt committing suicide off the boat.My author's not as trustworthy as I thought and has left me here at the Empress hotel for several days now. I'm going stir crazy!
I will return to S.F. after finishing this trip my Aunt's started me on - I hope...Who knows?

Bo said...

You're at a hotel, Candy? Want some company?

Ricky said...

Send her some flowers, Bo. You have a venue to go set up at, remember?

Gabby said...

I killed all the rabbits the old man gave me. I liked them a lot. But I couldn't let my followers think I'd gone soft. could I? If I had an author surely he wouldn't have let me do such an awful thing. He'd a found another way out. I feel terrible.

Marenya said...

Faldur would be kidnapped and I would rescue him.

And, he would be hopelessly in love with me. I might make him wait a while, just to watch him squirm.... I mean, to be sure he was certain of his feelings.

Ginger said...

Candy,

I thought of something about your plot. Are you sure that no one is going to suspect that you 'helped' your aunt over the side of the boat?

I'm not trying to scare you, but maybe you should be prepared with an alibit in case a guy in a trenchcoat shows up.

Perhaps I've watch too many detective shows on TV since Scott died.

I've often thought I'd be the prime suspect if my book were a murder mystery. Fortunately it's not.

At least, I don't think it is????

Elmer Fudd said...

Gabby,
You kiwwed the wabbit? So did I! I kiwwed the wabbit!

Christine H said...

Faldur is an extremely difficult character to write. I had no idea when I started how complex and conflicted he was going to be.

I've given him a voice here because it is the only way he can be represented on the site. But in the novel, he talks very little because he sees no point in explaining himself.

I think if I could change anything, it would be to give him more of a sense of humor, to help him loosen up. Perhaps he'll grow one in the sequel.

Marenya said...

Oh Gabby, how horrible! I hope you were at least able to cook them. Rabbit stew is delicious if it is fixed properly.

Oh, bunnygirl, I'm sorry!

Aidan said...

Kaelin has no sense of humor and so I just bug him and bug him until he gets mad.

Or laughs. He does sometimes laugh.

Usually he just beats the crap out of me, though.

Kaelin said...

Candy,
I can come up and provide an alibi if you want. I'm very convincing when I want to be.

Aidan said...

Hey, Kae, your crush is showing again.

Heh. Made you look.

Marc said...

What're you...whoa, mate, ease up. What'd Aidan do this time?

Aidan said...

Why'd you kill the rabbits, Gabby? Just curious. (Elmer, we already know why you did.)

Christine H said...

Bunnygirl ~ Marenya is too much in love with Faldur. I keep reminding her that this is not a romance novel, but she won't listen.

Perhaps I shouldn't have made him look like Hugh. That could definitely be the problem.

Gabby said...

Well, Aidan, if ya wanna stay warlord of guys as tough as these you gotta keep proving yourself. You gotta be tougher and meaner than any of em. There's always someone wanting to take over. Someone wanting to point out a weakness. Not being able to talk can be a disadvantage at times but it also makes me a bit weird maybe.
I'm tougher and meaner than anyone but I kinda liked those rabbits.

Faldur said...

Gabby, I have found that I don't have to say anything. I just have to look at them as if I am wondering how long it will take for them to die when I run them through.

Speech is overrated.

Marenya said...

I miss Shadow, too.

Brandon, I agree. Too much running and hiding. It's exhausting.

Aidan said...

Shadow, come out, come out, where ever you are!

The "look" usually does it for Kaelin, too.

Andre Vienne said...

Goran's generally a pretty good guy to work with. I just wish he wouldn't be so passive. Sometimes, it can take a good prod to get him to go and do something.

I haven't had to resort to threats yet. I think he's liking it, for the most part.

Goran Njiric said...

Well. He's got one thing right. He's not going to have to threaten me. I like where it's going, actually. Not to mention that I've seen inside his notes. He's got a femme fatale somewhere in there.

I cannot properly express the joy in getting to live -that- fantasy out.

Sure, there's the likely killing somewhere in there, but I'll live. I think.

Candy said...

Ginger, Nobody knows she's gone. I guess that's why she told me in her note not to say anything, just drive off the boat and keep going. So I did. I phoned Mike and told him and, though he sounded sad, somehow I got the feeling he'd known it was going to happen. He just told me to do what the note said and phone him if I needed help, but everything's been arranged, just follow the itinerary. This is all just awful!

You didn't say where your restaurant is in case I go that way?

Ginger said...

That's awful, Candy! Maybe she's still alive and it's some kind of test for you to be her heir?

I'm in Summer City, New Jersey, on the Jersey Shore. I'd love to see you if you're in town! My place is called Tea and Treasures.

If you need a place to stay, I have an extra bedroom upstairs. Things get pretty booked up in summer time.