Because I never liked Carol until this moment.

He doesn’t…

Sounds simple right?

Can you just take the crappiness out of a character? Not exactly. Unless you really rework that character from the bones up.

That can mean a lot of work.

But if you don’t, you might be surprised–sometimes there’s a deeper layer to your character, to what you’re writing than you ever thought.

I am, in general, a loose plotter when it comes to writing. I start with a very basic summary outline, spread it out into a rough note card format, then, if necessary type that into an outline. But my outlines include points like: Fight between H/h. Date at the park. She gets advice from her mom.

So they still allow me a lot of interpretation for writing.

It’s in these finite moments of writing that I will find that element that a character has been hiding under their layers, and suddenly, I am madly in love.

And while I outline and sketch things out, I still hold true to the belief that stories are “found things.” Stephen King’s On Writing talks about this a lot, that you excavate a story, rather than create one. I firmly believe that. I think that every story is already there, I just have to polish it off and make it pretty as I write.

So when I’m writing, and I have a character that doesn’t work well for me, I try to push on and keep going, because I know I wouldn’t have that particular story idea if I wasn’t meant to. And I also know that there’s going to be this moment when the character turns, and suddenly, I’ll see past the blocking layers to the part of him/her that I will just love.

Giving up on that unlovable character is never a good idea, because you just don’t know when they’re going to finally show their true self.

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