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20 February 2012 @ 06:13 pm
Screw the pen nibs  

I need to draw. Or I will never get anywhere with character development. Here's just hoping that I can dig the nib on the pen back out again when I finally do get the new ones.

Most of my original characters start out as being based on existing characters. It's okay, because they morph. In the story I wrote, Aaron (which was part of a much larger story), Gabriel the Victorian Brit, who is a pianist that is poverty-stricken, depressed, and addicted to opium, and his successful, slightly condescending-but-still-caring, no-nonsense brother, Aaron, started out as Regulus and Sirius Black. And I gave them slightly a tomboyish sister, for the fun of it.

I don't even remember who Dorian and Emmet started off as. The point is, they all end up being pretty unrecognizable by the time I'm done with them.

Anyway, I'm trying to do some character development. At the moment the main character still reeks a bit of Brian Kinney, with some major changes. A big one being that, it's not that he doesn't want a relationship, he just can't seem to keep one.

I was trying to create a second character; for one thing, I wanted him to be appropriate without being the "match made in Heaven"...at least, not at first sight. And while I wanted there to be some conflict between them, I didn't want that to be the main conflict. And I rather liked the idea of him being a nurse; if anyone has ever known an actual nurse, they're a lot tougher and put up with less bullshit than Hollywood (or, at least Classic Hollywood) makes them out to be.


I wanted my main character to do something glamorous, well-paying, possibly involving fashion but most definitely networking, that wasn't model, designer, ad exec (for obvious reasons), photographer, or artist. Y'know, not obvious. Fashion buyer, I thought. Except that their entire lives are spent at fashion events, traveling at a moment's notice, entertaining clients. And anyone who works in a hospital, short of the janitor, is bound to have long-ass-hours, never mind nurses who work way overtime.

They would never see each other! And the fact that the one has issues, there would be no reason that the other would even stay!

One or both are going to need a career change. So I'm going back to the drawing board. Except, I think I really need to actually draw both characters out.

This is what I get for being a good author and doing my research.