Crazy things happen when you collaborate; you start doing and saying things you might consider holding your tongue on otherwise. Not that there’s anything wrong with that . . ..
Between the edits of my story I’ve spoken with my Partner in Crime, sweet, sweet Annie of our Witching School, and as often happens we began discussing the progression of our characters. This is something we do quite often, and it’s a fun activity. For one, it lets me stretch my gaming imagination, letting it go places I wouldn’t normally let real life wander. Two, it fits in with character building associated with stories, and that helps for those time when I want to create characters for any idea that pops up.
So what were we discussing yesterday? Well, romance, and how they are going to handle an advanced class in magic, and–
Oh, yeah: their wedding night.
Notice I didn’t say “the wedding”. Yes, we know at this point our characters get married. And they do it young. And they enjoy being married. And they have kids–lots of kids. We have close to 15 years of history we’re working on, and the more we discuss, the more we turn them into believable individuals.
So knowing there is a wedding, it is a given there will be a wedding night. And we’re not shy about discussing what’s going to happen. The good thing is the place they will stay has HBO and Showtime, so it’s going to be a toss up between watching Real Time or Dexter before falling off–
I’m just yanking your chain . . . only lame-os are going to spend their wedding night watching pay-per. Trust me: these characters will be doing something else. Though the idea of my character getting way drunk and passing out after vomiting in the fireplace did come up . . ..
I’ve spoken about romance in our writing before, and the feeling we came up with for this . . . oh, let me tell you, it’s so right. Darkened windows, a nice fire illuminating a bedroom loft; two small glasses of brandy and a wedding dress lying in a puddle at the head of the stairs . . . it’s what Disney Princesses want right before they become slaves to their husbands and wonder why they didn’t finish night school–
The interesting thing is when we discuss this night, there’s never the feeling of “wink wink” about what’s going to come. We’re both adults: we know what’s coming. And you there, reading this: stop snicking and saying, “I know what’s coming!” Get your mind out of the gutter, ‘kay? There is sex, lots of it, and the way we see it there’s going to be oh, so much emotion behind it.
For if there is one thing we have figured out about our characters, it’s that they are growing into their passion. Sure, it’s not something that teenagers normally do, or even contemplate, but our Annie and Kerry are not normal teenagers–almost teenagers. They are special, and that’s because we’ve made them special.
There can be a tendency to over-romanticize your characters at time. The guy is too much of a hero; the girl too much the damsel. With our characters, that’s not the case. They feel real, and as such they are. Sure, maybe we think they are real because we are over-romanticizing them, but I don’t think that’s the case. I’ve gotten to where I can call BS on a character, and I’m always aware that with this character there is a huge possibility of going Mary Sue with him. Besides, I’ve got someone to keep me honest.
And she doesn’t want to end up with Mary Sue on her wedding night.
Though she will need to get used to Kari in time–but that’s another story . . ..