I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving vacation. Some of you are still on their vacation. I pray that traveling has been smooth and that the reunions have been fruitful. News here is that my class in “Fiction” ended and a new class -Screenwriting – is started. My Fiction instructor wasn’t real bowled over the revisions I made to the Mike Oates character. Seems that Mike is too “human” maybe, or needs to be schooled into the mold of being a “psychopath”. My aim for this story is for the character Mike Oates to find or receive redemption. However, it seems there are other heroes or anti-heroes that fit Mike Oate’s mold, like that Ripley character in Patricia Highsmith’s series about Tom Ripley. So I’m feeling a bit at a loss how to portray Mike Oates now. Is it something that is a no go for pursuing this story? My classmates seemed to (most of them anyway) accept the character as they saw him. Given that I only gave two chapters for them to critique, it makes me think that I ought to go forward with the story and see if anybody that will review it will accept what happens.
The other thing that I learned from my instructor is that characters “tell their story”. We, as their creators, unfold them as we write about their story. So, if that is true, going forward with Mike Oates’ story is the path to take. I will accept some of the advice that my instructor provided and try this as an experiment. That is, to go on with the way it is writing itself, and then if Mike Oates is truly unworthy of redemption, then so be it. It’s very interesting how the concept of Characters write their way into your story. Does anyone agree with this? How did it go for you? Did your audience accept them? Or is the audience some other entity that’s not as important to your oeuvre?
So I go forward and with some care move into getting this novel/book to its end. There will be many revisions, of course, which are the pain of writing. Have a blessed week!