I’m still struggling with this character I may have mentioned. She has me up late into the night and I can’t seem to crack her, can’t seem to get her right. I sit in front of a blank screen and dance around her, get to the end of a sentence just before she is about to appear, and the cursor blinks, and I freeze.
Yesterday, I heard her for the first time. And by heard, I mean, she spoke (from behind a closed door no less, still refusing to be seen.) There was dialogue. One measly line. And it stopped me. Is this right? Would she say this?
On our walk to the subway I told Tyler about my frustration: I can’t get it right. I just don’t know her well enough.
And he said: Well, what are you going to do? Take her out for lunch?
And I suppose that’s what I need to do, take her out and see what happens. I think the only way to get through this is to forget everything and just…write it wrong.
Do you have any characters you need to get wrong before you get it right?