(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

Fantasy author of the Swords & Fire trilogy: THE TETHERED MAGE (Orbit, 2017), THE DEFIANT HEIR (Orbit, 2018), and THE UNBOUND EMPIRE (Orbit, 2019), as well as the forthcoming Rooks and Ruin trilogy, beginning with THE OBSIDIAN TOWER (coming June 2020 from Orbit). Melissa's debut, THE TETHERED MAGE, was shortlisted for the Gemmell Morningstar Award in 2017. Melissa loves tea, adventure, and the great outdoors, and has been known to swordfight in ballgowns. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two superlative daughters, three cats, and a Labrador. Represented by Naomi Davis of BookEnds. View all posts by Melissa Caruso

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