My bunnies have regular toe nail trims, and up until recently it has always been a bit of a trauma for everyone. Bunnies have powerful legs and it’s hard to hold a kicking bunny still while you trim their toe nails.
But recently I discovered that if I lay them on their back to do it they become mesmerised…completely docile…completely co-operative.
At the time, I was working on a book that kept throwing up problems for me. That’s when I realised that I could apply the same principles to writing stories as I did to bunnies.
Don’t be afraid to make your good characters a little bit bad, and your bad characters a little bit good.
Don’t be afraid to introduce something completely unexpected into your story. I have found it’s a great way to invigorate a tired story line or show you a completely new dimension to your main character.
I guess it comes back to the same thing – as writers we are always taking risks – always prepared to try something new.
(and the bunnies)