Wednesday, January 12, 2011

They Are Doing It AGAIN!

And NO! I'm not talking about sex.

I'm talking about the phone. Once again one of my characters is on the phone.

I swear, every book has something that becomes exceedingly repetitive because my characters insist on doing it over and over and OVER again.

In my last book, they shrugged. A lot. Okay—constantly. They shrugged so much, I think they had permanent neck, shoulder and back injuries by the time I hit 400 pages.

In this book, they are on the phone. A lot. Okay, constantly. I’m thinking I should pull a Fringe and have the phone permanently wired into their skull, so they can go hands free (those hands should be free hands in case they need to shoot their guns) while they are talking on the phone.

If I didn't know better, I'd think I was writing about a gaggle of teenagers.


  1. Lol! In one of mine, they were always eating. I wondered how they kept their figure in that case. :)

  2. I hate it when my characters do that. In the book I plan to publish next, my vigilante heroine kept breaking down and crying. The first time it happened, I liked it. The second time, I thought wtf? But I wrote it anyway. She had a lot of crap happen and I thought maybe she needed to cry again. The third time I wasn't so sanguine. I think I ended up shortening that cry.

  3. Zee,

    So far in this book my characters haven't had time to eat. Well, other than demolishing a plate of brownies. Maybe if they spent less time on the phone, they could find time for other things . . . like eating! lol

  4. Edie,

    Isn't it amazing and annoying how they throw these unexpected traits at us, traits we never expect or planned. I think it’s a sign the character is coming to life. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it any less repetitious.