One of my characters, an antagonist, surprised me the other day with a move I didn’t plan. How cool is that? Then I had to decide whether I could live with that move, and if so, what it would mean to my protagonist(s). I decided to follow the antagonist’s lead. She has added a layer of complexity that will take more time/words to play out, but that’s okay. Anything that’s more like real life has to make better reading.
A major element I still haven’t pinned down is setting, namely, through what span of years the story takes place. I have my choice, as the content and characters are not yet tied to a particular era. It’s not an historical novel and probably wouldn’t translate very well prior to the 1900s, if only because I’m not up on cultural or linguistic differences.
I had a good writing day yesterday, and I need six more good ones… November 30 looms large. Today I need someone to recommend an intriguing career for a man (applicable in 1920 as well as 2012). The man I envision is one who can’t be trusted and has a need to control others–not that this needs to relate to the career. Thoughts?