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?