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Spare character arrives.
« on: June 11, 2020, 12:20:32 AM »
A new character popped into my head last night.  I'm not sure what to make of her yet, but she seems quite determined to stick around even though I have no immediate use for her.

So she's currently sat in their kitchen with John and Frances and they're getting to know each other.  Ideally, from my point of view, she'll have a problem they can have fun helping her solve.  But so far she's not willing to share that part of her story.

But the fact they've invited her into their home suggests something is bubbling away in my subconscious.

Maybe tonight...

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Re: Spare character arrives.
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2020, 07:48:47 AM »
I've had an influx of new ones this week as my story develops.

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Re: Spare character arrives.
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2020, 09:33:55 AM »
My problem with spare characters is their habit of taking over the book.  I bring them in to fill a certain gap, make them real enough to hold their own, and before I know it they're muscling in on all sorts of things they were never intended for.  Maybe it's the freedom that comes with playing second fiddle that encourages me to have fun with them.  I don't know: I only know they're damned hard to get rid of!

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2020, 12:09:07 PM »
They can be like consultants.  You employ them to solve one problem and before you know it they're trying to reshape your whole business.  This one just suddenly popped up out of nowhere, seemingly unconnected with anything I've been thinking about.

I've given her a file of her own so she won't get lost if she turns out to have a role to play.

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2020, 12:51:18 PM »
At first, I read that as you'd given her a rifle of her own. How typical of him, I thought.
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Re: Spare character arrives.
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2020, 01:45:48 PM »
I don't think she has any violent tendencies.  But the mechanical aspects of gun making may well interest her.

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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2020, 04:39:55 PM »
I don't think she has any violent tendencies.  But the mechanical aspects of gun making may well interest her.

Just keep the bullets hidden.