Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mysti on Menage

Hi! I'm Mysti Holiday, the only member of the Menagerie without a Cabana Boy. I may have to remedy that at some point.

I live where it's cold most of the year and dream of the tropics. This is where DH wants to be, and I suppose love means never being able to get warm if your sweetheart asks it of you.

Thankfully I have a very vivid imagination. I need one, because you see, I have a confession to make. Aside from this writing group, I've never been part of a menage IRL.

Yes, it's TRUE.

Here's the problem, though.

I'm writing this story right now that involves a husband and wife and I knew how I wanted it to end when I started it... but now, NOW, the characters are telling me I might consider a menage.

WHAT??, that wasn't part of the story. That may work in other stories, but not this one. THIS story is about how a monogamous couple finds their way back from the brink of divorce. How does involving another person in their relationship work with that?

I've been fighting them on it, and as a result the story just isn't getting done. I'll sit down to write, and nothing happens. I go to type and they say... "Uh, hello... we told you what we need to resolve all our issues."

What's a girl to do? I still don't want them to be unfaithful, despite the fact they've given me permission to include another person in their sexual relationship. So, I'm looking for a compromise... and I think I may have found one. Tune in tomorrow and see if my word count widget moves.

I have high hopes.

What about you? If you're an author, what do you do when you have everything planned out and your characters throw a wrench into things? Do you revise your ideas in their favor, or do you force them to listen to you, their creator?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I once needed a walk-on character to help the empress accomplish a task in the story, so I created an assistant. She kept referring to him, so he needed a name. Two books later, he had a book of his own.

I see a book as an atlas, the characters are the cities, and the roads that tie them together is the plot. All roads lead to Rome, they say.

I say go for it. You never know what will happen. But do make a copy of your "pre-menage" ms so you can go back if it doesn't work out.