Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Author/Character Chat: One thing you would change?

Okay, we know writers and characters love each other. BFFs to the end, right? Pinky swear and cross our hearts. And a few weeks ago, we let it all out, and talked about what we liked about each other.

Maybe today we can take a different direction - very carefully - and tread into more tricky waters. A healthy relationship means honest communication, so let's start with just one thing: If you could change one thing about the other, what would it be?


Authors, if your Character would just do what you told them to do, what would that be?

Characters, if your Author would just do it right, what would that look like?

Let's just pick one thing. No need to burst the floodgates open. We all want to still be friends at the end of the day.

But let's get real here. If you could pick just one thing to change about the other, what would it be?

50 comments:

DESTINY said...

I do not have an author. However, if I did, my author would understand that I am my author's author.

Kalila said...

This question has a very simple answer. My author needs to quit hinting that I'm capable of human emotions and sentimentality. If she wants to have such delusions, she should keep them to herself.

DESTINY'S author said...

How can I argue with that.

One thing I'd change - Destiny is still alittle vague in my mind - I'd like to shape him up as a character.

DESTINY said...

I would get this random human to stop using the name Destiny's Author. I do not have an author.

Ricky said...

Well, I wish my author would quit putting me in bizarre situations, expecting me to figure a way out of them. Finding myself under contract to a genie was weird enough--

Okay, Kalila! Djinn. I'm under contract to a djinn. Quit throwing things at me!

So that part is weird enough, like I said. But every time I think I've got things under control, the author drops a new problem in my lap. It's like whack-a-mole.

Kalila said...

We should destroy the author, Ricky. That would solve the problem. Let's think of a plan.

Ricky said...

Uh...that's a little extreme, Kalila, don't you think? I just want her to ease up on me a little.

bunnygirl said...

Ricky, if you didn't have problems, there wouldn't be a story, now would there?

And Kalila...oh, never mind. Just you wait.

Kalila said...

Author, is that a threat? Get back here! Look at me when I talk to you!

Hmph.

Stupid authors think they know everything. Fine. Be that way. I'm going to go play in the hurricane off Baja, and no, I'm not coming if you call. You can write the next chapter without me, so there.

Nevin said...

Oh, dear. So much negativity! This is precisely the situation I wish my author would do more to prevent. I just know she could make us all very happy if she wanted to.

*sigh*

Aidan said...

My author could fix my Sight so I could do my damn job.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Um, Aidan? You could work a little harder at it. All the surfing and fooling around is really cutting into the maturing of your Sight.

Kaelin said...

Don't be wimpy with him, author. See, that's what I'd change. Be more assertive and make all of us more assertive.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

This from a guy who solves problems with a rifle?

Jason said...

Heh, all right, everyone calm down.

You know I love Aidan and all, but you could give me something else...a girlfriend, maybe?

sex scenes at starbucks said...

And what would Angel have thought of that, Jason?

Jason said...

Low blow, author.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Hey, you're the one who married a mortal when you only marry once in Sentinel. You knew good and well what you were getting into.

As for Aidan, you're the one who wears an earring for every year he was missing. I mean, it took me FOUR BOOKS before we learned that, and then it was Kaelin who figured it out. So I guess I could do with less obsessiveness on your part, Jase.

Marc said...

I wouldn't change a thing, author. I love you just the way you are.
xxx ooo
Love, Marc

Aidan said...

Kiss ass.

Marc said...

Shhh, she's buying it. See? She just got me a new boat.

Rick Daley said...

Pardon moi, Monsieur Troubadour, but can you please come from a period I know something about? I'm getting tired of going to Wikipedia and Google images to research details about thirteenth-century France.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me for butting in on your family hassle.
I'm sorry but I'm getting a bit cranky; my author keeps getting me of the edge of something exciting then just leaving me to dangle while she goes off dallying with other characters in some other novel. I think she's afraid I'll get into some sort of mischief if she lets me go forward. Well, even a few steps a day would be better than all this hanging about, couldn't you please give me that?

Steph Damore said...

My author would quit having me find dead bodies. I sell beauty products, I'm not a freakin' detective!

Candy's author said...

Candy, I know that was you. I am sorry, I know I don't pay you enough attention but I have to try to get a home for my last characters. If you hadn't gotten rid of your great aunt you'd have her for company. OH I know, it wasn't your doing but you were closer to her than I was. What if we compromise, I'll give you a little action each day if you just enjoy where you're left and tell me about it after. Soon you'll be busier than you expect!
OK?

Anonymous said...

I hate my author because she clearly hates me.

Why else would she..

Vic said...

The problem with my author is obvious: she thinks I'm not the main character. She wastes her time writing about that diva djinn and her ridiculous human boyfriend.

Kalila said...

Ricky is not my boyfriend, Vic! And this is my band, remember? I hired you, not the other way around.

Garlic is very easy to conjure. Very, very easy.

J.J. Bennett said...

My author wants me to accept my father's mistakes. But he's hurt me and my Mother. He's self centered and continues to put the blame on myself and my Mother. It all about his own issues of wanting everything so "perfect". I'm done with it. Why on earth would I want to talk to someone who thinks I'm good for nothing...really! I could be the most perfect person in the world and still I won't be good enough for him. Why make the effort?...

Marenya said...

I am quite fond of my author, but if I had the ability to change anything about her, I would change her inexplicable fondness for "blogging" and "Scrabble." She would become a "Morning Person." This would mean that as soon as the sun's rays peek over the horizon, she would jump out of bed and start working on my story before attempting any other task.

As it is, her mind does not seem capable of coherent thought until at least 8 o'clock, by which time the household is stirring and it is too late. Frequently, she is absolutely worthless until 11.

Christine H said...

I honestly can't think of anything I'd change about Marenya. She is absolutely perfect the way she is.

Because I made her that way.

Marenya said...

You made me? I am laughing, because you know as well as I that the Lord of Heaven put me in your mind, and that you are only his tool in completing the work of his creation of our world. A recorder of events, nothing more.

Have some more "coffee" and get back to work!

Marenya said...

Aren't authors ridiculous? The false ideas of grandeur they get into their heads!

Christine H said...

Rick, that is why I made up my own world! Less research. LOL!

Christine H said...
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shy said...

"A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked."


~Author Unknown

Bo said...

If it were up to me, my author would say a lot more about my adventures instead of mentioning them only in passing. She never gets explicit at all, which makes me wonder why I'm in the book in the first place.

bunnygirl said...

Your "adventures," Bo, aren't described in detail because it's not that kind of book.

Kaelin said...

I want to hear more about Bo's adventures.

Anonymous said...

Me, too.

You're cute, Bo.

Bo said...

See, Author? They want to know more about me. You should change the book to erotica and make me the main character.

bunnygirl said...

Well, then it would be a different book altogether, wouldn't it?

Bo said...

And the problem with that would be...?

bunnygirl said...

Never mind, Bo. Just forget it. Go spend the afternoon at a strip club or something.

Bo said...

Don't mind if I do. Thanks for the idea, Author!

bunnygirl said...

*sigh* I've created a monster.

Lazaro said...

No, I'm the monster. You're always forgetting about me!

bunnygirl said...

Oops. Sorry, Lazaro.

Gabby said...

Dear author.

You seem to forget I'm just a kid. You give me all these emotions to deal with till I feel I'm going nuts. I was happy just being tough and not caring about anyone or anything. Couldn't you just write me back into New York? I'd rather you didn't bring my mother back but if you have to I promise not to kill her again.

Gabby's author said...

Aw, Gabby, I am sorry! But I saw that glimmer of goodness in you and wanted it to have a chance.I would never have let you find the Mystical Wood if I didn't believe in you. The Unicorn is my friend too and I wouldn't have him hurt for anything.
I have faith you'll sort it all out - I really do!