We’ve been talking a bit about characters who take off on their own occasionally, going their own way, bending the rules, arguing with the author, changing sides, telling their own jokes or insisting on a higher degree of professionalism, even if it causes logistic problems for the writer (me).
Okay… so, I have an absolute monster brat of a kid in Va’el (introduced in book two, The King’s Sacrifice). As an older character, Va’el will make a pretty vicious individual, but here he had to make an appearance and his age right now is ten. He surprised me when he immediately threw a tantrum amid much shouting and throwing things and whacking his butler. Actually, he was so obnoxious, he made me laugh – so I kept him with everything exactly as it erupted.
Now, let’s turn to Sevi, another character who took off, but very much in keeping with her professional integrity. She made me work a lot harder to present her with the exceptionally high standards she demanded, and rightfully so. She made it a better story, even if she did give me sleepless nights.
Va’el is an out of control bastard son of a prince, loud and obnoxious.
Sevi is a very in control, highly trained elite soldier who won’t take nonsense from anybody.
What would happen…
If…I put… them… t o g e t h e r…?
(Who says there’s no such things as Writer’s Revenge? Mwahahahaha!)