My Character Died on Me

On Writing: Uh, oh. I think I just killed off a very nice, sweet man. I really hate when I do that. I didn’t plan it. It just happened. Honest. I’m working on revising WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE? my second book in my series about the Cates brothers of Climax, NC and I just realized that their father died when they were in high school. It’s very sad. RIP Seamus Cates. While I’m not sure, I think he died of a sudden heart attack. Which is not only sad for the brothers and their mom, Cecelia…but sad for me because now I must go back into the first book in the series and make sure I can accommodate his death. Huh. Yes, I really should make sure that will work before I kill the poor man off. I’ll put that at the top of tomorrow’s “to-do” list.

How does plotting work for you? Does it sometimes seem characters appear from nowhere? I usually feel like I have control of the planning process for a plot, BUT it seems like the times when characters seem to act on their own or just show up (I get that they don’t really) are often the most inspired plot twists or wonderful characters. Weird how that works.Well, I’ve had a good day of writing. I seem to have turned a corner after being stuck on these revisions. One of those writing days when you hate to stop, and can’t wait to get back to it tomorrow.

Edited to add: Happy News! Seamus Cates resuscitated and recuperating just fine.

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