Before I begin, a bit of a plotting update from last week's entry: two days ago, I cracked through the problems I was having with plotting the sequel to THE ACCIDENTAL WARLOCK. I realized that things needed to start going wrong right from the beginning, not on a slow burn like I'd planned. I have the plot roughed out, and yesterday's work went very well. If all goes well, I'll start writing the book in September.
I've blogged about love triangles before, back in this blog's early days, and I still feel much the same about them. But a book I'm plotting deals with three main characters, and even in these early stages, I can see how things are going to go for them, and how close they're going to become.
Before anyone asks, no, I'm not talking about the sequel to TAW. I feel very sorry for anyone who tries to talk either Shiloh or Alexi into sharing. O_o
This leads me into something I've never tried to write before: a very close relationship between three people. I don't know if it'll be a sexual one, as I haven't plotted much beyond the first book, but it could happen. But for now, it's more about the bond they share and how they support and depend upon each other. It's more than just growing close under fire or spending lots of time together - as one character's culture defines it, it's a kind of deep bond between people who put their lives in each others’ hands on a regular basis. It’s a kind of love that comes from surviving together.
It's one of those situations that I realized had to happen and then sat back and thought, damn, how the hell am I going to make this work?
"Write what you know" won't cover this - despite the myth that all guys want threesomes, I don't think for a second that I'd be able to handle a relationship with two women. And not just because I've been single since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Close relationships complicate things, and that gets exponentially more so when there are three people involved.
This is one of those Weird Writer Situations (another blog title that could have been) where I'm just going to have to write it and see what happens. I can tell already how some of the characters are going to react; let's just say there will be varying degrees of them being okay or not with it as things go on. It's just that, after my various successes and failures at writing relationships, I know this one's going to be more difficult than most. And I really want it to work out right. I'm just going to have to trust the characters to work things out between them, and to not freak out and run when one character puts their arms around both the others.
Though I do know that one character will dictate a sleeping
arrangement order so everyone gets a chance to be in the middle, and for
some reason, I think that's hilarious.
And on a final note, if you haven't heard Weird Al's "Word Crimes", please go do so. Right now, if possible. It could be a theme song for so many of us. ^_^