I love Jenny Crusie. I re-read Bet Me every year. I love her blog, she comes up with such great insight and she better keep them coming.
So when she wrote about Character making the book and how she watched Hitch recently and it had some issues mainly being this:
Then they got to Hitch and Sarah and knew they were in trouble because they’d created Perfect People.
I had an Uh-Oh moment when I finished reading it.
Kip and Mandy are perfect. That’s why the conflict feels contrived. That’s why the book isn’t selling very well.
There is no conflict. You go in knowing it’s going to be all right. You read the book and go “meh”.
I despair, because Ky and Serena were plotted first and written second. Kip and Mandy brought me Corey. He’s the plot in the book, he’s the one people are asking for.
Because he’s not perfect. He’s fucked up and funny as hell. And you just want to know how this guy gets a happily every after. He deserves one because he’s a person, but you can’t see how he’ll change enough to be relationship material.
But Kip is a good guy. At sixteen (Really Asrai, what were you thinking there? He was a sixteen-year-old guy. He didn’t fall for this chunky gal and have a hunky dory relationship and they were soul mates forever after. Missed some conflict potential), he knew that Mandy was the love of his life.
Mandy was flat. She didn’t really have a lot going on. I admit it.
I should go back and write it all again with the things I missed and have learned. But, now I have a ton of other things planned and I need to write them.
It’s complicated. I can’t un-release Second Chance Romance, because it brings you to other good things. It’s good back story for Serena and Ky and soon Corey. (I am SOO sad to be nearly done this book. I love the story. I love Corey. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do).
I have a short story I’ve written, but I think I might have to trash it, because the characters are also perfect. 😦
I’m annoyed now that I know about this perfect character bullshit. It’s sneaky. You want characters to be nice people. You don’t want them to be fucked up or hurting. But to make good conflict, you have to some imperfection and a lot of painful moments.
So I’m screwed.
And also Jenny Crusie links to really FUNNY blogs. Like hyperbole and a half
, which is the funniest damn blog I’ve read. Period. Go read it.