Sunday, January 20, 2013
When Figments of Your Imagination Tell You What to Do
So, yeah, this may sound decidedly odd that a character tells the writer what to do (you non-writers just don't understand), but trust me, this is normal. ;-)
What has to happen on the logistical writer end? You have to figure out where the character fits in or else you have to start all over. After over 70K words, I'm not starting over so I had to figure out where this character fit. He was a throw-away character in my mind. He was the one that was to be killed off much earlier in the book. The very fact that he's still alive an the book's almost over is a problem and I was probably going to edit him out of the second-draft -- but NO! He's made it clear he's a keeper.
I have an inkling of an idea of why he's a major part of the story but it's still sketchy. I got down 291 words yesterday that pointed the direction to where the story goes next. It actually is following what I wanted to do but now there will be an interesting twist!
I'm telling you, writing a novel is more exciting than watching a Speilberg movie!