The Blank Page

I’ve been feeling a sense of anticipation…and fear. 

Yes, it’s that time again.  The beginning of a new project, fraught with decisions. 

I thought this project would be easy to begin.  I have about 10K I wrote back in 2007 to outline a rough plot and sketch out the characters a bit.  I’ve also finished quite a bit of research since then about the BDSM lifestyle.  As a result, the characters have morphed in my mind, taking on lives of their own, voicing their desires and fears and totally messing up my old outline (which is actually a good thing).

Yet there’s that lingering since of fear.  It’s not the unknown, because I have very clear purposes defined, both for myself and the characters.  I think it’s fear OF the characters.

The only other character who has managed to make me afraid…is Gregar.  It’s no coincidence in the slightest that I originally cast Adrian Paul as both Gregar and Victor.  They share more similarities than I ever expected when I started outlining Victor’s story back in 2007.

So yeah, “Gifted” is shaping up to be one whopper of a story.

Have you ever had a character that scared the bejeezus out of you?  What’d you do to work through it?

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