Good writing is a kind of skating which carries off the performer where he would not go. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'm almost 12,000 words into my latest WIP. I originally planned for it to be a 50,000 word novel, but don't know that the storyline will support it. Currently I'm aiming for at least 20,000 words with the hopes that it will grow to be more. Problem is, I'm not loving it.
Seems to me that I'm having heroine problems. Again. I had heroine problems on my NaNoWriMo book this year, too. In my current WIP, I have two sisters. The hero is supposed to fall for the older one, Emily. Due to a variety of issues, everyone (including Emily) expects him to get involved with the younger one, Casey.
The thing is, I really like Casey for him. And, what's worse, I can really see Emily and the hero's business partner getting together. But if that happens, there would be no conflict ergo no book.
So I keep throwing Emily and the hero together, keep writing that they have unwanted and inappropriate feelings for one another, but it's not working for me. If I was Randy Jackson, I'd say that it didn't have "yo".
And, I'm not sure what to do about it.
What do you do when your characters don't behave or your basic plot doesn't seem to work?
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