Sometimes a character is born in a fog.
Oh, he might have been conceived under brilliant blue skies with clear intent and sharp purpose but when he pops into your storybook world his definition is hazy, his lines fuzzy.
Sterne Westcott, co-lead in The Clockwise Heart, had lingered in just such fogginess until two days ago. Only then, 14k words into the novel, did the fuzz lift.
Why or how it did so, I haven’t a clue. But it happened, and it was stunning.
Bottom line: Keep a firm hold on your character. If you can’t lead them out of the fog, perhaps they’ll lead you.