Revolting Characters

Help me, my characters are revolting.

I’ve started to write a novel about the Vikings.  I started writing in third person, then changed to first person because my protagonist had a strong voice which seemed worth listening to.  However, as I wrote I could not quite see the way in which this character would fit into my plan for the novel.

At five o’ clock this morning he gave me an ultimatum.  Apparently there is too much going on in his world to allow me to send him abroad.  And his best friend is resolute that he won’t leave England.  Not while there are armies to fight and villainous masters to try to trick.

‘I invented you,’ I wanted to yell.  ‘You’ll do exactly what I want you to.’  But I knew this was mere bravado.

I sighed and agreed to their demands.  They can stay in England and find their own destiny.  I shall have to seek other characters to go voyaging with the Vikings.

They were right.  I, after all, am merely the author.  Now I know what Flann O’Brien felt like when he was writing ‘At Swim-Two-Birds.’  

About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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