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smiley04.gif posted on 7-16-2012 at 11:28 AM
You know that moment when...


You know that moment when your character reaches through the computer screen (or paper) smacks you upside the head a couple times and says "That's not how it happened at all! I'm not like that!"? O.o

Needless to say, my MC did that to me three days ago. Which is good in a way because the writing has flowed a lot better since, but it certainly wasn't the story I was planning to write.

And if anyone writing is giving me that odd look like my husband does when I talk about my characters talking to me, I'll tell you the same thing I told him: 'If you'll listen harder, you'll hear them screaming at you, too.' Although that could always be your own characters screaming at you in your head. ;)
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[*] posted on 7-16-2012 at 01:05 PM


Yup.
And it's at that point that I tell my characters:
"Fine, I'll fix it. Now shut up so I can write."
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[*] posted on 7-16-2012 at 04:42 PM


I've been rather surprised with how one of my main characters is behaving. And I thought she was such a nice, quiet girl.



Do not grieve for the story, for it did not truly die. It just faked its own death and changed its identity.
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[*] posted on 7-16-2012 at 09:47 PM


at one moment i surprised myself with one of my characters. i let my story write itself, like let my characters tell their story. at those times i don't usually interfere (my brain doesn't) and let them do the work - that's kind of easy then haha. but one time i reread what my characters wrote, and it surprised me (actually that happens every day now, as of mid-week 2)...
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[*] posted on 7-23-2012 at 12:40 PM


I am also one of those types. Or rather, I often try to listen to the characters as I write so that they don't end up giving me a dopeslap later.

I suspect it's one of the reasons why I can't write in a non-linear way. Like, if I'm struggling with the middle, I can't write the ending and get back to the earlier stuff later because I'm *sure* a character (or more likely multiple ones) will reveal something in that middle section that will flip the ending on it's head, forcing me to completely rewrite it anyway.

"Yeah, that end where you thought I would charge to the rescue? I wouldn't do that anymore, not after the latest bit where my sister walked out on me. Sorry. Deal."

More power to those who've learned a way of handling that problem.
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[*] posted on 7-23-2012 at 09:49 PM


I don't really get that experience, though I have had characters do things that were not only surprising but changed the course of the story. Case in point: in my 2009 NaNoWriMo novel, only a few chapters from the end, one of the characters came into a coffeeshop where the protagonist and several other friends had gathered and shot them all. Did NOT see that coming. :confused:
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