Or what to do with a character.
No matter how well I think I know a character, there are always surprises. This time, it's not the character who's surprising me, but myself.
I wrote that a couple critiquers (my editor being one of them) suggested that the hero/heroine use more magic. I agreed and fully intended, once I finished the tale, to go back and add some stuff.
Easier said than done. Now that I know magic is to have a greater part in this story, and it's only logical really, I can't seem to add it as I'm going forward. I have this horrid impression that the Muse wants me to go back NOW and work on it.
This, of course, means that I have to spend some time with my character and find out how magic impacts her/his life. I know how it's done. That's an easy issue. But the day to day nitty gritty of this being as breathing for the character. It has to be. It's something new for her/him. That gives me the opportunity to grow with my character, which is a challenge and fun!
Thankfully, I've got the upcoming retreat. I intend to spend it working on the character, sitting around the fire daydreaming about how she/he is saddled with a gift. Is it a gift? After that, what impact does the magic have on him/her? What kind of subtle changes take place with that amount of power. Lots to think about.
Life is mind-boggling.