Have you ever been in the writing or editing process and haven’t liked you main (or any) characters? Well, beginning to strongly dislike my Hero. I’m in the editing process of my first book and I’m wanting to delete him all together. He’s the main Hero, so this means creating a new character — maybe even a guy with a heart towards his pregnant girlfriend and the baby he helped to create!
Let me explain:
Nathan really is a nice guy. His girlfriend is pregnant and he doesn’t want to be a father. She wants to keep it, but he had major daddy issues. His dad wasn’t there for him, so he’s afraid of repeating the pattern. While he love Lucy (my Heroine), being a father part of the plan. Lucy prepares to become a mother on her own and she’s okay with that decision.
Nice guy, right? Ha! I know that this might be a realty for some, but this guy is a jerk! He’s a handsome jerk, one that could easily be described as an innocent Christian Grey of “50 Shades of Grey.” When I wrote this two years ago, the only conflict I could think of was pregnancy because I didn’t want to write about love triangles. (I have before in a book that I didn’t finish, but might continue with that sometime in the future). Maybe I don’t like Nathan because I have trouble writing from a male POV!
Have you ever written a book, then want to get rid of a character because you don’t like him or her? What do you do to get your characters likable?