I had a little break yesterday, so today I’m going to have to catch up to reach today’s word count goal. Should work, but I’ve noticed that it is getting increasingly difficult now that I’ve come to the point where there is dialogue and other interaction between characters. Normally that’s not too much of a problem, but normally I write characters that (unless they’re in certain really difficult and extreme situations) almost always know what to say or what to do. The protagonist (or at least the current point of view character) for Tyrant is different in that regard.
For some time now I’ve been wanting to write a character that isn’t all too assertive, not always very certain of themselves. There are plenty of characters who are larger than life, determined heroic badasses, strikingly strong, smart, charming and/or sharp-tongued, and always ready to do whatever it is they have to do at a moment’s notice. There is certainly a place for those kind of characters and a reason why they are absolutely everywhere in fiction, but that (and the whole subject of assertiveness and non/sub/less assertivenes in characters and fiction) is something I will probably go into at some later date, since I’m already working on this bit way too long and still have my catching up to do.
What I like to see is someone, kind of insecure, not too strong in the social arena, a person who is not always certain of what to say or do. They’re good people, inside absolutely determined to do good, but when faced with the opportunity to actually do that, there’s a fair chance they find themselves stunned or frozen instead. When push comes to shove, when they’re really pushed to the edge, will they actually be able to break through?
Can such a character be written and written interestingly? I found that it’s certainly not easy, but I think it’s definitely possible and I see my opportunity here. I do hope the story’s plot won’t turn out to be underexposed because of all these efforts. Now, time to actually get back to that story. I have work to do. ^_^