Writer’s Wisdom 43

The man behind the curtain

Yesterday I talked about characters, and how crucial it is to care about your characters – the quality of your writing depends on it.  Sometimes, there is a character out there, hiding, that has not come to light yet or has not jump into the story.  You know he/she is lurking, but not ready to shine yet.

Other times, that character was planned a way, by you, but he/she refuses to exist that way, and leads you in a different direction.  It may come as a surprise to you, and twist to your story.

Ultimately it is up to you to listen to the man (or woman) behind the curtain – you are the writer – but if I was you I would listen carefully.

2 thoughts on “Writer’s Wisdom 43

  1. I once read an interview from an author who said that the writer was in full control of his story and he didn’t believe people when they told him their characters had run away with the story. I disagreed with him entirely but given my limited writing experience, felt kind of bad. Since then I’ve spent a lot of tiem writing and I know my characters lead me places I may never have gone if I just stuck to my plan. Usually they lead me much better places but occasionally they leave me stranded and I have to back track and work off the original plan.
    Thanks for sharing this.

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