Friday, March 27, 2009

You love 'em, You hate 'em

Christy here. Today, I want to share a couple of people with you that have been with me for about five years. Aimee and Seth are a good looking couple, but they've got their share of problems. I try to help them out, being the good friend that I am, but I seem to make it worse. This couple went from having a world-wind romance until Aimee discovered she'd done something very bad to Seth a long long time ago. It could've been amnesia or some other mind-numbing issue that caused her to not recognize Seth at first, but all in all, the truth was to the surface and Aimee split.

Enter her adorable son Luke. Well, he's got problems too. Seth wants to help Luke and Aimee but Aimee's not being very receptive to him. Seth's got his own problems, he shouldn't be taking this kind of treatment from Aimee!

We're all trying to help each other out, but again, I keep making things worse for them. All I want is for the three of them to finally work out their problems and live happily ever after. But sometimes, Seth and Aimee are stubborn. They still haven't figured out I know what's best. Sometimes, they take on a mind of their own and actually start figuring out their own problems. And on occasion, I agree with them that their solution was better than mine. But that's only on a RARE occasion.

If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm talking about a few of my characters I've been having a war with for the last 5 years. I don't know what I'll do when I finally finish this book and Seth and Aimee can go on with their fictional life without me. We'll probably all be happier and I can go on and make Rory and Josh's lives miserable(book 2).

Characters are funny fictional creatures. Many times we authors really love our characters. That's why we're writing about them. I've heard some of my friends say they thought of a story, but the best part about the story was the main character.

We love our characters, we build their world and we give them their friends and family. Then, when their woes aren't high enough in conflict and the story starts to fall apart, we hate them. We want to reach through the computer and strangle them!

Yet we'd never do that. No, no. We sweat and suffer through it. Step away from our story for a while. And then, all of the sudden, we're in the line at the supermarket and the solution just pops into our minds. Like popcorn on a kettle, the ideas bubble over as to why Hero and Heroine are at point B in the story and how they're going to get to Point C.

I love those A-Ha! moments. It's those times when we love our characters and we can't wait to get home and spend time with them.

This all sounds crazy to you non-writers out there, but for me and my writer buddies its a way of life. And when we reach the last page, for those of us writing romance, the ending will always be sweet and the reward we stuck through the storm to reach.

Happy reading and writing, everyone!

Christy Lashea
Visit me on my blog, At Split Ends


  1. I know exactly how you feel Christy!! But, one day Seth and Aimee, and yes even Luke, will figure out what a good friend you are and the end will arrive.

    Keep pushing and prodding and practicing patience, but most of all keep writing!!

  2. LOL! I just knew you were going to somehow weave this into an anology of how we think we know what's best, yet God's plan prevails.

  3. Thanks Dianna and Mindy! You know those A-Ha moments are all God. there's no other way to explain it and that's what I love about what we write. It's all in His time.

  4. How cute, Christy. We're all a little crazy, aren't we?

    Missy :)