To anyone who also plays WoW and reads this blog: no, I'm not talking about that kind of character transfer.
Now that I've started with a joke that will go over most of my readers' heads, what I'm actually talking about is: have you ever moved a character from one story into another?
A few days ago, I made the sort-of difficult decision to set aside a plot-in-progress. This is nothing new, and since this was the second incarnation of this plot and I'd been struggling with it already, it was for the best. But there was one character from the dozen or so I'd been working with who would not leave my head, and even if I wasn't going to write the story I created her for, I still wanted to write her.
Then, as I was trying to get to sleep on Saturday night, I realized I could drop her into another story I'm working on.
I'm not really surprised I thought of this; the character has an incredibly harsh background, and putting her into this world will make things worse. (I might have finally learned to enjoy tormenting my characters, but that's another blog entry.) And having a different set of characters to interact with brought out new sides of her. She'd always been a little passive in her initial story, and putting her in a post-apocalyptic fantasy tale that's part the anime "Black Lagoon" and part "Mad Max: Fury Road" gave her more of a reason to find her strength and take things into her own hands.
Imagining her interacting with the story's cast also gave me a new opportunity to write a sort of relationship I've been wanting to try for a while, so there's that too.
There was a time when I would have thought this impossible. I would have said that character background and personality are an intrinsic part of where they came from and where they are now, and that pulling a character from one story into another was really just writing someone new with the same name and a similar personality. And that might be true for someone who's actually been written.
But when a character's three pages of notes and an absolute personality that still only exists somewhere in my head, things are a little more fluid. While where she comes from has changed, being part of this harsher world has brought a defining moment of hers into greater light, and it'll make for a better character in the end.
Because there, near the book's end, she finally realizes that while others can hurt her, they cannot stop her. And that's something that might have taken her an entire trilogy to learn in the original story.
Next week: probably more story babble, but things have largely been going well over the past few days, so at least it'll be positive story babble. ^_^