Life with a headstrong character

03 Mar

World, meet Kathleen “Katie” Prentiss. Katie is a 19 year old beauty. She has long, auburn hair, emerald green eyes and an “I don’t take sh!t from anybody” attitude. Katie is all about what Katie wants. Born in 1846 to Theodore and Della Prentiss of New Orleans, she was raised as the privileged, only child of plantation owners. Life has been easy for her. She has not been easy for anyone.

Now, there are several things I know that Katie does well, but you’ll have to read the book to find out what they are (altho knowing I’m the author might give you a bit of a hint LOL) But I didn’t really know much about her, because I’ve been kind of avoiding really getting to know her. Her mother and I don’t know each other all that well, because she’s more of a minor character. I know her mother’s best friend, Corrine very well. She and I became fast friends upon her inception. But Katie? She’s a bit intimidating, to be honest.

So when the time came to write a chapter from her point of view, I was understandably nervous. If I don’t really know her, how can I get inside her head and tell the story? That’s when I learned that there was a positive to having a headstrong, self-absorbed main character – she tells her own story! It took little or no thought on my part to write last night’s scene. Katie took it and made it her own. I (she) wrote over 1,000 in just a couple of hours, which is almost unheard of for me.

Which begs to question – am I still ok to avoid her and let her write the story her way? Or do I really need to suck it up and get to know her? The jury’s still out on that one.


Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Writing


2 responses to “Life with a headstrong character

  1. carriecarr

    March 3, 2011 at 15:18

    I think, as long as it works, let her do her own thing. Maybe if she tells you enough, she won’t be as intimidating 🙂 Good luck!

  2. mjwilliamz

    March 3, 2011 at 15:30

    Yeah, I was lovin it. I couldn’t believe when last night’s scene was over! LOL. And I did discover after last night – I’d kinda like to get to know her better ;c)


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