Monday, 15 March 2010

Characters

Where do these characters come from?

It’s strange, isn’t it, how a character can suddenly turn up and make him/herself known to you. As if to say

“I’m going to be in your story too – only you don’t know it yet.”

I’ve just had one such character walk into my WIP – quite literally – he just opened the door and walked into the room. I hadn’t planned him, and while I was writing his scene I was puzzling over him. Why had he appeared now? He clearly had a part to play in all this – but what?

“Well,” I thought. “I can always delete you later.” So I carried on writing.

And a few days later it hit me! He actually has a crucial part to play in this story – I need him!

But how come he knew this before I did?

5 comments:

  1. It's a strange and wonderful process isn't it?

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  2. That happened to me with my last novel, and it really helped improve the narrative. So far not in this one, but then I'm not that far along either. I love it when that happens.

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  3. It's all part of the adventure isn't it - I wonder what other surprises are in store for me now :-)

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  4. These characters are crazy! I do love them though. It is strange how it all works.

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