Have you ever had a character that just refused to be boxed in? As writers we tend to think of characters as "real" entities. And sometimes I have trouble "reading" my very own made up person. When exactly it is that they take on a life of themselves I don't know, but I clearly know when the character is nudging me in a different direction. And sometimes that is annoying. But at least I know what direction the character wants to go.
What about those pesky characters that can't seem to decide themselves what way they want to go. First, they want to play nice, then they don't; second, they'll be sweet, then they aren't; at times, they seem pilable and kind, other times hard and brittle. Do you know what I mean?
One of my characters in my never-feel-it-will-ever-get-finished novel is actually a sidekick. He is not exactly one dimensional but is the sidekick (boyfriend-turned-husband) to the real sidekick. Why does he take up so much time then? Why does he insist on being in nearly every scene with a comment or two that takes me off into an area I didn't intend???? He's driving me crazy.
I can't write him out. It's one of those minor characters that keep the balance in the story. He's supposed to be the levelheaded fellow that everyone depends on to keep them grounded. Somehow his purpose has grown in ways I didn't foresee.
And even more oddly he isn't becoming a main character, but has carved out a very peculiar niche for himself. Since he is also the "hunk" in the story, I thought writing him would be easy. Just throw him in there and about for the sidekick's grounding romantic interest. BUT he won't stay there.
Suddenly he's the one that keeps saying no, don't do that, not good, sure why not, let's go there, let's don't go there...becoming the antagonist for the main character whose romantic interest is the other guy. And he's all wrong for her believe me. He's definitely the sidekick's hearttrob.
What's up with this? Where is he going with this?