So, I’m rewriting my original novel, The Double Dare Bridges, that I started like seven years ago right after I graduated high school. Well, it’s actually coming along great. I am liking this draft, which would be draft number six, so much better! Things don’t seem so juvenile any longer. I’ve grown in my writing, and I think that shows in the transition from Piercing Through the Darkness to Read Me Dead, but even now, it’s still getting better. As with all things, practice makes perfect, and writing each day that I can is my practice.
Okay, I’m losing sight of what my original post was about! I’m so scatter-brained! So, as I’m writing, I sort of have my story planned out. Well, that’s not entirely true. I have a few little lines that tell me what I want to put into the novel, but mostly, I’m winging it. Which is entirely fine by me. I much prefer pantsing than plotting.
But, the only thing about it is that my characters keep changing things up on me! I know where I want things to go when I start the chapter I’m working on, but dang it, my characters start doing their own thing?!
One of my good friends who is also a writer said this on a Facebook status that I wrote about my characters doing their own thing, “Because characters, no matter how fictional, are living entities :-p”
I got to thinking about what he said. Boy is he ever right! I know it sounds strange, but these characters are part of us. They take form on paper and come alive! And, yes, they do have a mind of their own, and when we’re writing, although they change things up on us, they do so because it’s part of their character and who they are. They cannot be confined to what we think they should be. That’s why I’d much rather pants a novel than plot one. I don’t like confining my characters, and although it frustrates me when things change, you know, I’m perfectly happy that they do because in the end it makes it that much better!
What are you experiences with characters changing things up on you?