Don’t Be Afraid of Your Characters

When I write rough drafts, I continually ask what this character would really do in this situation. Today when writing, a character I had plans for was killed. It was not part of my overall plan. It was, however, a natural progression. I realized there was something I overlooked earlier and the remaining plot fell into my lap. Is anyone else ever shocked by what their characters do? Do you give them free reign?

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One thought on “Don’t Be Afraid of Your Characters

  1. I would love any and all input on this issue. I am told by every book and article that you should have every major detail worked out in your outline before starting. This is the fourth story this year, I have written, that had a twist I didn’t see coming or plan for it in any way. These twists always end up helping the antagonist reach their goal I have selected. This one hit me harder than usual since I had some major plans for this character later. Now the pieces are falling into place in a very unique twist and I feel it is going to make for a much stronger story overall. I want to know if anyone else writes like this. The books say no, I disagree.

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