For all the years that I have been writing romance, most characters quickly take on a life of their own and dictate how they story goes. They usually lust for each other early on, which means they wind up in bed within the first few chapters. Then life intrudes, they discover things about the other they don’t think they can handle, want to handle, or their own demons come back to life. Either way, they find each other, leave each other, yearn for the other, then find their way back to each other [sometimes through a very circuitous route]. But Drayton and his duchess seem to reach an impasse more than they get along. While I usually have no problem letting the characters take the lead, this time they seem to have gotten stuck [in a rut – haha!]. Since this is the one I want to enter into ABNA2013, I need to take a firmer hand, which is uncustomary in my writing. Yet I am not sure where to start. This is a romance and so far there is very little of that going on. Books like this are not supposed to be a microcosm of real life. They’re supposed to be an exaggeration but with enough realism, the reader is supposed to root for hero and/or heroine. Everyone wants an HEA – reader, writer, characters. Right now, the Duke and Duchess of Bainbridge need more of the happy than they have at this moment.
There are times when life as a romance writer is more stressful than living real life. At such impasses, marital counseling would be a standard option. But in 1826, there was no such thing as marital option unless one sought out their pastor. Few did; they just sucked it up and went about life as if nothing happened. If husband or wife was miserable in their marriage, it was kept quiet, ignored, for such was married life.
At the moment I am at a loss what to do with these two. They are beginning to love each other, yet continually put up barriers. Throw an unexpected miscarriage into the mix and you have one very combustible situation. Fireworks is only good for 4th of July [USA] or New Year’s Eve. I have even trouble trying to keep track of all the characters [main and secondary], main plot and the occasional sub-plot. Fireworks just throws a huge monkey wrench into everything. But I shall persevere. After all, “happily ever after” is the only acceptable ending.