Day One {Favourites}

It's day one of the writer's edition fifteen-day challenge. The challenge is hosted by Lerowen on Eat...Sleep...Write, and will cover the first fifteen days (approximately first two weeks) of August. Each day is given a specific subject; participants post each day on the day's topic, if at all possible and, if at all possible, have fun!

day one: your favourite character you have written

I've written a lot of folk in the years that I've been honing my craft, but hands down I would have to say that my favourite so far is Rhodri from my novel Adamantine. The moment he stepped onto the scene I fell in love with his character. I don't want to give a lot away as far as the plot is concerned, which will be difficult because Rhodri is intricately entwined with the plot of Adamantine. Suffice it to say, he's deep, he's layered, he can be very melancholy as well as unusually and almost startlingly tender. At first glance he's a dark splatter of paradoxes, but the more you get to know him - the more I get to know him - the more he makes sense. I love all my characters, wicked ones included, but Rhodri is the one with whom I have always been comfortable. I'm always learning something new about him, there's always something deeper or tangential to learn about his character, but even with that constant changing he is always the same, and I'm always comfortable being there with him and writing him. I feel safe when I write him. He takes me outside of myself, beyond myself; he's a sort of frank, mocking voice of reason that helps me through even other works. You know, we writers never out-grew our imaginary friends, we just get paid to write about them. So, of all the people I have written, I have to say that the genius of Rhodri is my closest and best friend.

7 ripostes:

  1. Rhodri sound super cool. It's nice to have a character you understand and feel comfortable writing.

    I know what you mean about loving your wicked characters. ☺


  2. Rhodri is something gloriously special. I adore him, and there's still so much about him that I haven't discovered yet.

    "You know, we writers never outgrew our imaginary friends, we just get paid to write about them." I love you. You put everything perfectly. Hugs to you and blown kisses to Rhodri. ;)

    (Also, I think I'm going to undertake this challenge. It would force me to post every day, and I need that for a little while.)

  3. Oh! I am anxiously awaiting your post, Megan. And, yes, any excuse to rattle on about Rhodri is a good excuse, in my book. He has never stopped me - he's so horribly vain. :P

    It's funny how you get attached to even your wicked characters, isn't it? You still have to put as much thought and time and energy and devotion into them as you put into your good guys - in a way, the one is just as much a part of you as the other.

  4. I've decided to do this too. Oddly enough, I chose my own Rhodri. ;-)

    But so far the post is horrible. That's what comes of trying to write while Cait watches "The Shop Around The Corner". I put it in drafts. I shall have to try again later.

    And my battery is about to die, so I shall say au revoir for now.

  5. Well, the more, the merrier, as the one bacterium said to the other. I look forward to seeing your post!

  6. Bacteria are so indiscreet in their enthusiasm for world domination. Really!

    With regards to this post, in spite of how much you protest that Adamantine is about Adamant (which, admittedly, it really is) and that Adamant is a perfectly splendid character (she really is), the story doesn't happen without Rhodri. And I don't think that merely results from the nature of the plot; I think that is a fact entirely bound up in your own self - because Adamantine really is more you than any of your other works (as you yourself said).

    Oh! And I think it's high time Elton went to London to get his hair coloured... ^.^

  7. Oh, I didn't think I exactly protested. Was I supposed to? Can I try again? Should I take it from the top?

    They're slippery things, aren't they? Stories, I mean, not bacteria (though, that may apply too). A very rewarding aspect of writing Adamantine is to see it unfold and take on more and more dimension, more and more meaning, sometimes without my really meaning to make it do so. And you're right: I absolutely couldn't do it without the dimension of Rhodri.

    I see I've brought you round to my way of thinking. Here's to going to London!

    Blogging is a mistake. Readers should never have learned how dorky and cracked writers really are. O.o