Two Sides of a Coin

Hello my lovelies!

I am so sorry I didn’t write to y’all yesterday. The ever-present writer’s bane has flared up again, so my wrist is practically immobilized. It’s been interesting, fighting against a plastic splint with a wrist that screams with movement. Do you SEE how much I love y’all? Cuz I do.

Alas, my wrist is not the conundrum I wish to talk about today. Neither is this weird way of talking, but my brain refuses to let it go. Too many HBO “Game of Thrones” videos, most likely. (Btw, go check those out, if you haven’t heard of the books already. AMAZING! And quite a cliff hanger, too.) Ironically, “A Game of Thrones” has led me to my current…predicament.

I realized that my dear evil boy, Aszdan, is too…flat. Almost static, as much as I hate to admit it. (Welcome back to 9th grade English, friends. Please pull out your textbooks.) Hopefully most of you writers out there know what a static and a dynamic character is. Static = no change. Dynamic = change. Ok, so that’s a very very VERY basic breakdown of it, but it works. And my beautiful Aszdan was static. I nearly cried. Static characters are only fun to play with for a little while. Then, they get predictable. Like Jafar, from Aladdin. Man, that guy was always popping up, trying to kill Aladdin and take over Acraba. Dude, get a life. No…I wanted more for my brain-child than predictability and permanent hatred for being evil.

Thus, my dilemma: how do I keep him evil, while making him oh-so-good. (Think Damon from the Vampire Diaries or Jacob Black from Twilight. Ignore the vampire references, and see the bad boy that everyone loves. Yes…I am Team Edward, but only Team Edward-From-the-Books. Robert Pattinson is a pansy vampire who should never have been cast. But that is a post for another day! Remember the bad boys….) Aszdan was just evil. He has a knowable past, but he was very much stuck in his ways. No pity. No regret. Almost a sociopath. I don’ like putting sociopaths in my books unless they’re REAL sociopaths. My pretty boy isn’t made to be completely evil. No one so beautiful deserves that….

Well…maybe…but not him. Heheh.

So, I’m trying to decide how best to make him dangerously lovable. He is despicable. For the two beta readers out there that I do have, if you don’t hate him, I’m not doing my job at the moment. But now I have tasked myself with also making you love him. I want to REALLY mess with your minds. How can I not? I’d be reminisce in my job as a writer if I didn’t twist the strings of your heart and mess with your minds. I wouldn’t be any good if I couldn’t make you feel for a man who has no feelings…get my feel?

Anyways, I’ve set that task before me, and it’s proving difficult. Either he’s too bad, or he’s too soft, or he’s too fuzzy, or something. My question for the day is, do any of you other writers out there try this with your bad guys, and if you do, is it this friggin’ hard? Damn….the things I do for love…

Now, I’m off to drown myself in Advil and pray my wrist doesn’t fall off… And yes…I know the picture is lame. Dumb Robert Pattinson…


About S. G. Ricketts

I am a dreamer. This page holds all of the dreams and desires and hopes and wishes of the first of my two dreams: to share my imagination with the world. For those of you who have read a book or written a book, these stories are not merely words on a page. They are living, breathing creatures, worlds so compellingly real that you can smell the sweat and feel the rain. This is what I want to share ...with all of you. Yes, becoming rich and famous would be fabulous. I won't deny that. However, it would be so much more satisfying to see my book in the hands of someone on the bus, hear my book talked about at a restaurant, see a cluster of fan-art. I want to inspire the mind to imagine different worlds and different situations. If I can achieve that, I will have achieved my dream.

Posted on March 23, 2011, in writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Random thought: have you ever read/watched Inuyasha? Sesshomaru(sp?!?!?!), the dude with the fluffy tail, is kinda like what you seem to be looking for, from what I remember.

    • Weeeeeeeeeeeird… John and his bff and I were talking about that last night. Apparently, it’s the “best anime show ever.” Said bff just liked it cuz it’s one of the few animes to actually have a decent ending. 😛 I’m so hulu-ing that shiznits. hehe

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