When I set out to write this quirky sci-fi short story, I knew the character I had in mind. She was a bad ass bounty hunter who took no shit from anyone.
I gave her:
a crew with funny and full-bodied characters who had rich back stories and character motivations
a ship that looks like a clunker but runs like a beauty
a galaxy to explore
I just didn’t give her a reason why or a goal to accomplish. So help me, every plot twist and turn I map out seems outdated and trite. The characters are bored. I’m bored.
I’ve tried everything. Hot showers, long walks with the puppy, sketches, research, other genre novels, same genre novels. Nothing. Nada. Blip.
I can see my characters sitting around port, itching for adventure and heeding the call. They’re willing to go. But I’m not. I have no idea where to send them. Sure I have inklings. But no real, holyhellthisisimportant reason.
Does this happen to you?