Today I was talking through a short story with a client, Charity Marie, throughout among our regular coaching sessions. Charitys story ends in a violent and unforeseeable method, and as we chatted about this, she stated, “I didnt know the story would end that method.”.
Do you in some cases look at your characters as entities outside of your control, making decisions and taking actions independently from you? Are you ever amazed by your characters?
Then Charity stated something that truly caught my ear. Speaking about her lead character, and the action she takes at the end, Charity stated, “She actually shocked me by doing that.”
Occurs typically enough? Even if we compose from a summary, a story can spin off in a direction of its own.
For some authors, a character wont have a thought or take an action that isnt already securely planned. Others are more happy to loosen the reins a bit and follow their whims. Which, in many cases, indicates delivering some procedure of control to their characters
I understand a great deal of writers who talk as if their characters operate on their own, making decisions separately from the author. Nearly like the writer is simply an observer, typing out the actions of genuine individuals as they occur.
Discussion concerns: Do you in some cases take a look at your characters as entities beyond your control, or do your characters never say or do anything you have not provided rigorous authorization for? Do you control your characters, do your characters control you, or do you and your characters run together?
Theres no right or incorrect; like (practically) constantly, its a case of following whatever approach works best for you. However I was curious about what Charity said, and I wanted to toss it out to the group.
Or do your characters never ever state or do anything without your own forethought and your stringent consent?
Do you manage your characters, or do your characters control you? Or do you and your characters operate together?
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WriteByNight co-founder David Duhr is fiction editor at the Texas Observer and co-host of the Yak Babies podcast, and has actually blogged about books for the Dallas Morning News, Electric Literature, Publishing Perspectives, and others.
Others are more ready to loosen the reins a bit and follow their impulses. Which, in some cases, means ceding some measure of control to their characters
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