Does Your Character Regret Anything?

Jemi's giving away the Cherry on Top Life is Good Award to everyone!


Recipients are to share with everyone things about their pasts that they would change. I'm with Jemi on this, though; I don't regret anything from the past that's led me to where I am. So let me see if I can do this from my character Rosa's point of view (from the novel Out of the Water, set in 1492-3 in Spain and Turkey):

1. I'd let my father and older brother do the rescuing. If I hadn't barged in, acting like a boy, I wouldn't have fallen down the cliffside in the first place.
2. Of course, then I wouldn't have met Brother Arcturus and gone down to Palos, where I discovered who my real father was. Still, I might have been happier not knowing. And if I hadn't been on my own, I wouldn't have been captured and questioned by the Inquisition.
3. At least I escaped - right into the arms of my husband to be. Of course, I didn't know that at the time. If all of the terrible things above hadn't happened, would I have met him in some other way?
4. He only courted me slowly at the start, but then we spent that night together at Malta. If I hadn't done that... No one knows about that by the way, so I'm swearing you to secrecy! Would he have married me soon after, as he did, if we hadn't already been together?
5. I wish he wasn't ill. I wish there was some cure that would save him. His coughing is getting worse and worse... And it's all my fault.

Hmm, do you think I can count the above toward meeting my goals for the Round of Words in 80 Days?

Ah, didn't think so. Well, I slacked off yesterday, but for the most part #amediting. Getting lots of great feedback, especially on the CompuServe Books and Writers Community.

Jen, over at All The World's Our Page, is hosting a contest! Just hop over and post a scene that has "your character do something thoughtful for another (even better if they do it with complete nonchalance)."

I put up mine already, but won't repost here as it's a little long - head on over to the contest page if you'd like to read it.

Comments

Susan Fields said…
I'm glad to hear you're making progress and getting good feedback. Your character's story sounds very interesting!
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks so much, Susan!
Anne Gallagher said…
My characters always regret something. It makes them that much more human.

Best wishes with your book. Sounds great!
Yes, my characters are full of regret. In fact, I just wrote a regret scene yesterday.

Nice to get some insight into your character.
Zan Marie said…
Deniz,
Regrets? None. I've grown from every bad thing. ; ) And growing is the purpose of life, isn't it? I don't have time to do this one right now, but it's a good one.

Poor Rosa. Life is throwing her in the pit...er...down a mountainside. ; )
Ann Best said…
Deniz: I'm so glad to meet you. I came over via your comment on L'Aussie's blog where she's hosting me, the last on her list: The Journey to Publication. It's taken me a very long time! It doesn't sound/look like it'll take you that long (I'm 70). I like the snippets of your writing in this post. Very good!! And I hope you'll enjoy my memoir when it's out, I hope by the end of spring or early summer at the latest.

Take care. I'm now a follower and will be back!

Ann @ Long Journey Home
Talli Roland said…
Ooh, that's a great one to do - I try to make my characters regret all sorts of things!

Have a great weekend, Deniz.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thank you Anne and Theresa!

Thanks Zan Marie - I wish it was enough, but I keep getting advice to raise the stakes for poor Rosa.

Thanks Ann, it's been very lovely to meet you. Congratulations again on your memoir coming out!

Hope you have a great weekend too, Talli!
Len Lambert said…
Oh congratulations on the awards and thank you for passing them on to me :)
Deniz Bevan said…
You're welcome Len! Happy to do it [g]

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