Today I needed to fill some pages, but I also needed to make a few characters a little more dynamic. Maxwell Murder is a cool character. The problem is that he is TOO cool. He is good at what he does, and he doesn't care too much what anyone else thinks about him. He wound up the boss of every scene he was in. This worked as a cool counter point to the more mopey, Kinetic. the trouble is that a character who is in charge of every situation is seldom very interesting.
When is Bond more interesting, when he enjoying a vodka martini or when he about to be tortured to death? The loss of control....top dog becomming bottom dog... is interesting.
I was fortunate enough earlier today to have exactly that situation open up for me on the page. The situation that Max had expected to be in suddenly became something that neither one of us had expected.
For him, it is very disconcerting to suddenly no have the situation under control. For me, though, it is a great thrill to watch my characters take charge and actually DO something.