Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Wednesday's Burning Question
I've heard writers talk about characters in such a way that it makes me wonder who's in charge. One famous author said recently that he had a character walk into his story and take over a significant portion of the arc. He said that when this happens, a writer should consider it a gift and go with it. Other writers are more cut and dried about it. They're the author. Characters do what they say, period.
My question this week is: Do you ever allow a character to pull you in a certain direction, even if it takes you somewhere you didn't intend to go? Or is that too woo woo? Too magical? Who's the boss in your novels?