I was laughing my head off while I was writing a chapter in my novel, Chapter 12 “Teron-What?” I only hope that those reading it will find it as funny as I do.
This chapter is where Brian wakes up in the Healers Station. The last thing he remembers is finally passing out while floating on his piece of wreckage.
Shelea assumes that Brian is a Tanean Sailor from somewhere else on Tanea. Brian assumes that he is back in England, somewhere in the southeast to be exact; perhaps even on one of the Channel Islands.
During their initial conversation they operate under their preconceived notions and assumptions about the other person. When the other person does not say or act in a manner which meets their expectations they believe that it is a fault of the other person. Comedy ensues.
The chapter ends with Brian starting to tell Shelea of his backstory, of how he got to Tanea. I could just see how this chapter unfolded as if it was happening right in front of me. I had originally thought that it would be a short chapter, as it was just one scene, but it ended up being a full chapter (10 pages).
I find the better I know my characters, the easier it is to write. You just put them in a situation and let them write the chapter itself. You nudge things in the direction you want them to happen, but you have to respect how your characters would react and what they would say.
The one I enjoy writing the most is Valencia, as with her: mouth, wit, and sarcastic personality, you really never know what she will say or do. Just know that there isn't a mean bone in her body; she really is a sweetheart.