After working for the past few weeks on a really dark period in my MC (main character’s) life, we are almost ready for him to emerge out the other side.
Looking back, I can’t help but shake the feeling that this time, I have been just a tad too mean to him. I know what you’re thinking…”You’re just a bit softy”. And of course, you’re right. I’m pretty sure that the whole world knows by now that I am truly pathetic when it comes to being mean to my main character – but I force myself to do it anyway.
This time however, I think I need to follow my instincts. It’s not that I’ve gone too far – it’s just that there has to be light and shade.
My story is true to life – it’s sort of based on something that actually happened – but it definitely needs some light relief.
So, this is my quandary! I think the lightness has to come from my MC. He is the one who needs to have some fun. He is the one who needs a trait/a quality/a goal that’s going to create humour – that’s going to provide the colour and light.
At first I thought he might want to create the biggest ever Crockenbush, but as teenage son pointed out, who even knows what a Crockenbush is?
Then I thought he could harbour secret desires to sing in a heavy metal band. Perhaps he could dance the Fandango or be someone who can spin 43 times on his head without getting dizzy (but then as a parent all I could think of was the cost of the physiotherapist bills – and possible brain damage).
Sigh…oh well, back to the drawing board, the computer screen, the meditation tent, the walking of the dog, the eating of chocolate…whatever it takes to get the creative juices working.
Of course my MC and I would welcome your input/suggestions.