While working on my current WIP, I have noticed something about my writing process and was wondering if I am alone on this.
Characters. Do they push you around? Do they assume complete control of your story?
To me, the answer is yes. I admit it. As a writer I sometimes find myself with my hands tied and at the mercy of my characters. Screw killing that bad guy, that little dude will never win no matter how much I think he should.
Sometimes my characters are like bratty little kids that scream and yell until they get their way. It’ll get to a point that no matter how much I try I can’t make them do anything they don’t ‘want’ to do.
Now before you start thinking I’m nuts, let me explain myself little. I am the ‘no outline’ type of writer, the one that starts with an initial idea and the rest of the story writes itself. I never know what’s going to happen at the end until I write it.
Some writers will write different parts of their story at different times, like writing the ending then the beginning and then the middle. I CAN NOT do that. It’s impossible for me. I think it’s partly due to getting to know my characters better as the story goes on and knowing what they will do and what they won’t. Then comes that point in the story that becomes problematic. It usually pops up around the middle. I’m building up to that exciting high point in the story that I planned when I started writing and-I can’t do it. The characters won’t cooperate and they change the story on me. On me! Their creator! Ah! Such brats!
I make the characters and the characters make the story. It is their story after all so it’s understandable that their thoughts will shape it. I’m just the goddess that resides over them, tossing annoying and deadly things their way or other mysterious things ‘goddesses’ do. I’m the one they would curse if they were human because I’m always making their lives miserable and chaotic. (Hee hee)
Just because I can’t control my characters, it doesn’t make me a bad writer. It just shows how I write. I’m a pushover when it comes to my characters, they always get what they want.
So fellow writers weigh in on the subject.
Do your characters control the storyline or are you the sole dictator?