I don’t quite nuance that title as well as Gollum does in the Lord of the Rings films, but that was the aim.
As I continue to research, write, and learn, I noticed a lot of my characters are very much blank slates to a point that things happen to them, as opposed to them making things happen. My characters can and should be active and not passive in their respective worlds.
That said, some of my characters are all inadvertently in melodramas (bad things happen to good people). For example, in my novel, the MC (main character) is a dancer, but really doesn’t do much—other people cause the trouble. He just happens to be in nearby, and gets dumped on. No fighting back, and barely even a snappy line or insult.
The one time he was active is when he was placed in a situation where he had the option to run or fight. He chose to fight. I LOVED that scene. Totally my fault for the lack of an active role, though.
The MC was too precious to me to be active, OR to have true flaws to address and explore within the story. This is killing my stories from the inside. It plays a part in why I sometimes stall time after time on projects.
Let’s face it, I can procrastinate with the best of them—I’d clean my room before I spent the day writing (my personal flaw).
Ironically, the one melodrama story I worked on, has a very active character doing bad things while struggling to maintain the façade of an upstanding man of the town. His actions cause problems as opposed to waiting, and he reacted to events. Dude has so many flaws, I was like this is good. I have to know more (my nosy self).
Perhaps I should view my other stories as melodramas, and then I will dare to break them away from their precious, protected blank slate. I’d like to move forward in writing. A bother has to evolve creatively.
As always, happy creative endeavors, and don’t get stuck like I did.