One character who gets talked about in the blog is Tim. Course, since he doesn’t work at The Sunlight, he doesn’t get a word in, but he’s a presence all the same. But he’s also a character in the novel I’m working on which takes place before the blog begins. So I know things about his past that Lin doesn’t.
He really wants to be a good guy, and he’s changed. But his high school friends were amazing jerks–to put it mildly–and Lin, if she knew everything, would probably never have given him the time of day. After all, birds of a feather and all that. If his best friends are bastards, isn’t he? But I want him redeemed anyway. And of his past friends,well, one’s dead and the other is, I can’t decide–either in jail or in the marines. No offense to the marines, but he was the kind of character who’d join anything that might let him abuse power.
The trick is creating a character who does some idiotic and jerky things but who is not an idiot or a jerk. And Lin has to figure this out about him and blog about it. Of course, as of today, I have no faith that relationship is going to last no matter what she learns about him.
Getting characters from the blog to match up with themselves in the novel is a good lesson in character development and consistency. Lucky for Linnie that she’s in the blog because now I can’t kill her off in the novel.