Learned from one of my characters.

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Sometimes characters take on a life of their own. They often surprise me.
As the end of my first apocalyptic love story neared, I found myself writing a totally unplanned scene in which a bitter, sadistic character is given a second chance. An unplanned sequel “Journey to Redemption” materialised tracing his physical and emotional journey across a dangerous new world from Wyoming to Taiwan.
Presently, trapped in Los Vegas, he becomes henchman to an ex showgirl run crime ring. I thought this would be an exciting addition to the plot, but I’m seeing more and more as I write, how only in seeing himself in her can he begin to make the changes he needs.
How true that is of life, it’s often only when we see our own vices manifest in others we become desperate enough to change.