My life is still being held hostage to NaNoWriMo but since I am writing an adventure/romance story I find myself with lots of questions. I’m busy fleshing out my characters and their world and details pop up that aren’t properly part of the story but make me wonder things like:
How to adventure heros get their laundry done? They rush from place to place, getting clues, saving people, and saving kittens. They never seem to stop and once the story is set in motion they don’t ever go home. By the end of the story when they finally get together with the girl aren’t they a little stinky? Wouldn’t she turn her nose up and tell him to go take a bath first?
There’s also the question of clothes. What he’s wearing is the easy part. I want to know if when the heroine’s kindly Aunt Betty offers him a safe place to sleep for the night or when he collapses from sheer exhaustion- all that running around- in the abandoned shed on the edge of the old mine: Does he he strip down or leave his clothes on so he can run off to save the day when the bad guys show up?
And when the bad guys do show up and rouse him from deep sleep, how the !@#$ does he manage to jump to his feet and know exactly what’s going on? Especially after having slept in his clothes? It’s all I can manage to do to feed my cats- who are very vocal about their needs in the morning- before I’ve had coffee. Wouldn’t he be muddle headed? Wouldn’t the bad guys, who probably slept in a real bed and have had their coffee, have the advantage?
To paraphrase Mark Twain: Nothing slows a writer down as much as having to fiddle with the character’s clothes.