To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
~ Lao Tzu
Try this map game from Judy...
I got 84% right, 40 miles average error, 483 seconds. I drove cross-country one summer, which is probably the only reason I sort of remembered where all those Midwestern states are. But come on! They’re all square! Give me a break! (Sorry, Marianne…I know Colorado must have its own unique qualities, square or not)
So last night I was working on the final chapters of Paradise, USA (why are endings so hard for me? Are they hard for you?). My hero is in the hospital, on death’s door, and he’s supposed to be (according to my outline) thinking about how the heroine is giving him a reason to live.
Guess what he ended up doing?
No, not dying.
He ended up talking to his dead younger brother. I didn’t even know the brother was going to make an appearance in the novel! How weird. And yet it does make sense, because my hero has to move on from his brother’s death before he can really commit to falling in love again.
Why did my characters know that better than I did? Gosh, I hate when they do that. (OK, not really.)
What have your characters done for you lately?