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Mel's Procrastination Palace
Monday, April 11, 2005 He speaks WHAT?

My hero just dropped an interesting bomb on me, one that I'm absolutely and positively SURE my muse knew about... My hero speaks Latin. Well, not as his first language, and no, he doesn't say a whole lot in this rarely spoken language, but...

WHY?

I'm not complaining, really. I mean, how boring to write a character that doesn't challenge me, right?

Do you think that's what happens to some authors? They fail to challenge themselves? I've heard tidbits here and there over the last few weeks of people mentioning disappointments late in an author's career. Made me wonder...why is that? What turns a favorite author's books sour for some readers? Do the characters fail to be original, is the plot repetitive? It's all subjective, sure, but tell me Shan's doubt demons don't exist in all us authors...(about something at least!)

Anyway, so let the character speak Latin. Make him unique and fresh and hey, eccentric if it fits.
*puts cookie cutter characters on the dart board and takes aim...*

Okay, off to relearn latin so I can translate these weird phrases he instists on teaching the heroine. Gah!

Posted by Melani Blazer :: 8:44 PM :: 3 comments

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