Characters that I thought would be easy to write often times aren't which leads to me having to figure out why. Does she/he have the wrong name? (this is the issue many times) Am I using the wrong vocabulary or writing in the wrong rhythm? Is she/he too similar to someone else and that's why I'm having trouble? (this can lead to lots of fun as if this is the problem I'm back at the drawing board).
Then there are the characters that are easy to write and they practically jump off the page. I smile as I write and it's wonderful. But then come...
These are characters that seem to pop out of nowhere and insist on staying. They're not major characters but they're not minor. They seem to have things to say that I can't assign to anyone else. Handy little creatures but always a surprise. If I'm very lucky I may also find...
These are secondary characters who are so multi-layered that any of them could carry huge portions of the plot. Each time I discover an onion I am relieved as it's usually a sign that my secondary plots are realistic enough to support strong characters.
Every project is a journey with a known destination but these traveling companions can make what can sometimes be an arduous trek into a more gratifying experience.