Just a short blog today about knowing when to walk away. No, I'm not talking about walking away from writing--like many of you out there I am so screwed up there's no way I could even if I wanted to (which, trust me, at times I do ;)). Alas, I'm addicted and they haven't invented a patch yet for us. So, this isn't about that.
It's about our characters. Why do they do what they do? Why don't they just walk away? Sadly, I seem to be finding a number of books where the motivation isn't there. The WRITER wanted the character to do or act or say something. To not give up the quest. So the WRITER made the character do it.
And lemme tell you, when I read books like that the word WRITER is in all caps. And sort of glows. I'm annoyed when that happens. I read to lose myself in a character's world. Not see the writer behind the screen.
When characters do something, especially something painful, embarrassing, stupid, or dangerous it needs to be clear what is motivating them. It needs to be logical. And there really needs to be no other option (this holds true even if it is an internal motivation- aka an over active sense of justice for example).