I'm writing a novel. It is hard.
Lately I've been making progress in the relationship between my two main characters. From the beginning I have known this would be the essential element of the book and also the most complicated because the relationship is a unique and challenging one, making it both unique and challenging to write.
My current issue is my tendency to oscillate between extremes. I know that for my characters to be believable and relatable they have to seem real and real means messy. Right now I am in the stages where I am trying to show their flaws as well as the flaw in my supporting characters and the two extremes on my swinging pendulum are sympathy for the character and despise of the character.
The characters are misunderstood and need to read as such. The reader needs to realize they are being misunderstood and sympathize with this fact. At the same time the reader also needs to be free to see them as arrogant and selfish, both of which they are (at times and with reason) The challenge becomes--and in essence the goal of the story is--taking the reader from seeing them as arrogant to sympathizing with the misunderstood.
I can only hope as I write that once my extremes are written I will be able to find the swing between them. Otherwise I fear my book shall be sliced in half as the pendulum drops ever lower.