Regarding an earlier post, Finished with the first draft of my novel about obsession: I guess it’s nowhere near finished after all.
After doing some more research, more ideas have popped into my head of what to do with the book. The ideas keep going back and forth, and I had to rewrite an entire section because research declared it totally implausible.
And because I had to rewrite that, I have to include more scenes developing a relationship between two characters which now has been altered, so they haven’t spent as much time together as they did before.
But now I’m also adding a second Point Of View character: the narc himself. The thought of getting into his head is exhilarating, but I need to do much more research into his social class and how it related to the rise/fall of Naziism. I have a book sitting beside my laptop which promises to explain it all.
There’s another thing: While writing the story, I found myself falling for him, just as the protagonist does. Which is what you want, an appealing villain who captures the imagination of readers. But he’s become less of a villain and more someone convinced he’s doing the right thing, even as he manipulates the protagonist. Because my reading into narcissism shows a spectrum of narcissism, not just the malignant ones who enjoy screwing with you, but the ones who do it because they think they’re in the right.
And then over time, he starts to repent, because he’s not so far gone that he can’t. The repentant villain seems to be a popular theme lately, at least in Once Upon a Time, and pops up occasionally in fiction, so I can go that route. The repentant vampire comes up a lot, for example. Remember how intriguing Spike became when he tried to do better without having a soul forcing the issue, unlike Angel?
I’ve noted that it seems to provide for more interesting villains, especially if they waver now and then. Such as, for example, Gold/Rumpel, who keeps going back and forth between good and evil, first deceiving Belle, but now coming right out and laying it all on the table for her to know what kind of man he really is. And well, Hubby and I LOVE his character.
And just the thought of needing to delve into my characters more, and write new sections of the book, fills me with glee. Because I love this book and it constantly runs through my head. 🙂