Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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My Characters are fighting me!


Ok fellow writers, you know what I mean when I say, ‘My characters are fighting me!’ It’s the craziest thing. You’ve got the outline, it seems to flow pretty well. The middle and ending are completely figured out in my head, but my characters are not flowing well in the front.

What do I mean? Well, let me explain myself. I’ve worked on the first couple of chapters, but they don’t seem to work. My characters are very familiar to me because this is the 2nd book in a series, so it’s not that. It’s having all the characters together at one time. Which is crazy, right? Every time I start working on it, everything seems off.

So, what do I do? One thing I’ve done is put it out of my mind completely, well not completely but out of sight. I’m taking a little break from it, then will go back fresh and start in the middle where the story is the strongest for me. Let’s just hope the front part comes to me as I write the middle and ending. Thank goodness for Scrivener!

Do your characters give you problems? How do you handle them?

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

But one good thing about this one, the cover is beautiful and completed! Here’s a sneak peak!

Lacey's Choice front cover


Author: stephaniehurt

Stephanie Payne Hurt has been writing stories since she was a teenager, but only started publishing her work in 2012, 30 years later. The romance genre drew her in at an early age. Since 2012 she's published over 50 Romance novels/novellas. Stephanie is a busy lady. She's a Children's Minister, Accountant, wife and mother along with a blogger and writer, along with starting a publishing service called Horseshoe Publishing alongside her publisher. It's been an exciting ride and she looks forward to what the future holds for her writing. Currently she writes romance ranging from Christian, Contemporary, Suspense and Cowboy. Her work is available at many online retailers, on her website and in a bookstore in Zebulon, Georgia near her home. Come by and visit her at and subscribe to get updates and release dates, also her monthly newsletter! Don't forget to join her Street Team for all the new updates and to get free chapters of upcoming books and lots of other prizes.

4 thoughts on “My Characters are fighting me!

  1. Don’t know if this will help or not, Stephanie, but…when my characters are fighting me, it’s usually because I’m interfering with “their story.” If I try to manipulate my characters or move them around like chess pieces, they shut up and go away. At that point, I reexamine my vision for the story, review the last several chapters I’ve written, and try to determine where I’ve gone astray.

    The problem eventually becomes apparent: I wanted something to happen, but it’s not in the best interests of my characters or the story. So, I back off and allow them to take over again. Since my characters drive the plot, you could say I’ve “veered off course.” I’m sure that once you hand the story back over to your characters, you’ll be able to resolve the issue. Best of luck!

  2. In my case sometimes there seems to be another story that needs to be told first. Recently I had to write a previous story of one of the characters in my series before I was able to go back to the one I was writing to begin with, and then it was all (fairly) smooth sailing! Good luck, Stephanie!

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