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I struggle with writing characters. And right now I’m especially struggling with writing a romance between my two main characters. I never write on my novel when I’m getting to know a guy in real life. My character always takes on his attributes, and I don’t like that. Afterward, I’m always glad that I didn’t write in those times.

I struggle the most with my two main characters–a guy, and a gal. For the most part, I like the trend of having girls be stronger. Since my nature is much like theirs, I can connect better. I never was very good at being on the sidelines. I wanted to be in the middle of things. And I like the guy valuing the gal for being strong. For being herself.

But then there’s the challenge of writing the guy.

He’s entranced by her. I like that bit. But I don’t want him to be weak or stupid. He’s certainly not cocky, but I also don’t want him to be too unsure of himself. And yet, he’s trying to figure out his path, so he’ll have to be a bit unsure. He’s gentle, and has a conscience, and he’s willing to put himself in harm’s way to fight what’s wrong. I like that.

I just don’t want to perpetuate the trend of dumb guy characters. Neither do I want to perpetuate the trend of a super-strong woman who doesn’t need anyone.

Oh the challenges of fiction.