A Writer's Journey

June 18, 2012

Characters

Filed under: journey,The Wedding Game,writing — mackenziew @ 12:00 am
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They are the backbone of a story, aren’t they? They are the ones people remember after reading. Think about it—Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. Hercule Poirot. Atticus Finch and Boo Radley. Pick a Harry Potter character. Bella Swan and Edward Cullen (shudder).

It may sound strange to hear authors talk about their characters as if they were real. But the truth is, that for us, they are. I started writing “The Wedding Game” last July. And I’ve watched my characters grow. They started out as figments in my head and are now fully realized on page, with interests and histories. They even have birthdays! My main female character’s is June 24th, the Midsummer. (Keep an eye out, there will be a blurb up to celebrate).

Now this is going to sound crazy to anyone who isn’t a writer, but sometimes, the characters talk to us. A few months ago, I was driving to meet my boyfriend—I guess either at the movies or his house. As I drove, I was thinking of my manuscript. Namely, about a secondary character named William. I was thinking about his future involvement in the story. And a scene popped into my head. I heard William’s voice and he explained something about himself. That scene was written.

Characters also may rebel. You want them to go one way but they decide to go another way. I’ve learned it’s sometimes best to give in than resist. Sometimes, they know best.

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3 Comments »

  1. Great post thanks. I really enjoyed it very much.

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    Comment by Writing Jobs — June 18, 2012 @ 4:15 am | Reply

  2. (Spammers again?)
    Same thing happened to me recently – though in fanfic, not original writing. Anyway, there was this character I liked a little, but was far from my favourite. And then I decided to respond to a prompt (yes, again) that had him and other characters, thinking I’ll focus on other characters and use the character I was mostly indifferent about just to push the plot along.
    And then the character spoke to me.
    He ended up hijacking the fic and making me write even more one-shots with him and plan a long fic in the future.
    It happens.

    Comment by Amarth — June 20, 2012 @ 10:07 am | Reply

    • (If you mean the tweet, that was in reference to our spammers. If you mean Writing Jobs, yeah, they spam me like once a month. I’m leaving it up as part of an experiment)

      Frankly, until I started writing “Elaborate Lives,” I didn’t care for Snape as much. But when I had to reread the books and study him, I then grew to like him–especially when I paired him with Kristin.

      So you’re right, it happens.

      Comment by mackenziew — June 20, 2012 @ 5:42 pm | Reply


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