I dropped out of Camp this month and I am really struggling with that decision. So I’ve decided I’ll write anyways, and have made it my goal to finish the novella that I’m currently working on amidst the craziness that is going on in the family life right now. This way, I can still have a goal, but if I don’t meet it, then I won’t feel like I have failed.
However, in writing last night, I realized I’m having a problem. A BIG PROBLEM.
My main character is falling in love with this man. Only I’m having trouble connecting with this man. I know where they end up, and I need him to have a dark past that she gets hints of in this next chapter I’m writing, only, I can’t connect with his past. If I can’t connect to him, how am I going to get you to connect to him. If I don’t, then this story won’t be worth reading. I’m loving the story. The over all plot and ending has me so excited, only HE is falling flat, and her love doesn’t feel believable.
Now I’m asking for my readers help. I had read on another blog where they suggested asking questions about the character can help with insight to that character.
Here is a what I do know about him as of right now.
Name: Tiberius Maximius Vispania.
Age: About 19-20 years old.
Physical Characteristics : Bright Sapphire Eyes, Brown curly hair that hangs just below his ears, strong, but not overly bulky
Period / Location: 78-80 AD, Ancient Rome, under the rule of Empire Titus. ( Now if you know your history at all and couple it with the picture I’ve teased you with a couple of times, you may be able to pinpoint where my story is leading. Geesh! You guys just keep getting hints don’t you! )
Family: He is the son of a high status member of the colony during the Roman Empire. Has two little sisters, and an older brother who died a few years ago.
Known Past: He left home for a few years and worked as an adviser with the Roman Empire. As he put it, “The Empire and I… well shall we say, had a difference in opinion. I’m no longer associated with the Empire. So I came home to help out my father. I wish to make a home here.” While being an adviser for the Empire, he learned much about pagans, witches, and earth worshipers.
Special skills: Well other than how he makes my MC feel, and being a total charmer, almost overly so (seriously, in todays world, we would almost assume he is a player ), he is very good at hiding and seeing things without being seen.
That’s it. I just can’t find a connection to him.
This is where you come in. Now if you would please, in the comments below, ask me a few questions about the character, so that I can see if I can find his past.
I would much appreciate it.