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I’ve Created a Jellyfish...

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While I agree with @suspensewriter that you should step away for a bit and come back to it. I'm also beginning to think that maybe you should embrace the jellyfish.

 

Character quirks are the things people can latch on to.  So long as you don't make them annoying or frustrating.

 

The main character I'm writing about at present - Frankie - is a bit of a dishrag.  But, there is an appeal to that as well.  Not every hero is heroic.  And not every heroic character starts out as heroic.

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2 hours ago, suspensewriter said:

My suggestion would be that you're too close to your work to see it.  Take a break--ideally for a week, but at least three days-- and you'll see it through fresh eyes.

 

Maybe my real problem is less with the character, and more that I haven’t created a strong enough goal/motivation for him...

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1 hour ago, Jeff Potts said:

While I agree with @suspensewriter that you should step away for a bit and come back to it. I'm also beginning to think that maybe you should embrace the jellyfish.

 

Character quirks are the things people can latch on to.  So long as you don't make them annoying or frustrating.

 

The main character I'm writing about at present - Frankie - is a bit of a dishrag.  But, there is an appeal to that as well.  Not every hero is heroic.  And not every heroic character starts out as heroic.

 

Well, I’ll give it some time and see what happens in a few days. Jellyfish or no, maybe I just need to cut to the chase a little sooner.

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19 hours ago, Zee said:

 

Well, that’s exactly what I thought I was doing. Perhaps I didn’t start soon enough in the story?

 

Or maybe a Make America Great Again hat really is what Radolsav needs to be the hero of the story...

That could work or make it more consistent in the story or longer?

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You might give him a physical element- like coffee, some vitamin/supplement/a good night's sleep/an affinity for chocolate. I've just noticed that I tend to be more likely to make an impulsive decision when I have more than my baseline energy :) 

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It might be that in glimpsing the fringes of his potential he can be surprised and turn to God for a bit of introspection (or turn to whatever he trusts in) and realize a new willingness to pursue change or face a choice.

Does the jellyfish find value in remaining a jellyfish?

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