(Not) Doing the Dumb Thing

Last night, I basically had this conversation with my main character:

Me: I need you to do this thing.

MC: Hell no. That’s stupid. Why would I do that?

Me: Well, you can’t deny you want to do it.

MC: Sure, but it’s risky and dumb. No thanks.

Me: It’s OK. I promise nothing bad will happen. I just want you to go have this conversation, OK?

MC: Why should I trust you, after everything you’ve done to me?

Me: …Fair point. OK, never mind. Don’t do it.

MC: Damn straight.

It served as a good reminder: don’t make your characters do dumb things for plot purposes. They’ll only be sullen and uncooperative if you do.

(It would have been a cool scene, though. Sigh.)

About Melissa Caruso

I'm the author of THE TETHERED MAGE, first in the Swords & Fire trilogy, out now from Orbit Books. I write fantasy novels. I love tea, adventure, and the great outdoors. I live in Massachusetts with my husband, two amazing daughters, three cats, and a Labrador. Represented by Naomi Davis of Inklings Literary. View all posts by Melissa Caruso

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