Friday, June 13, 2008

Characters Behaving Badly

It drives me nuts when my characters get away from me. Half-way through my very first novel (during NaNoWriMo several years ago) my two main characters up and left the country before I knew what was going on.

People look at me funny when I tell them that I have no control over my own characters. I’m the one behind the keyboard, after all. But I get into a groove when I’m writing. Something almost trance-like happens when I really get going and the characters sometimes get away from me.

And it’s happened again. The main character of my urban fantasy story just up and did exactly what I didn’t want her to do. She had s-e-x. It’s totally PG-13, but still!!!! I didn’t want her to have sex. Not yet. Not in this story.

I blame Rational. He got me all worked up on the boards a couple days ago and on my commute home, I whipped out the laptop. One thing led to another and now my MC is a raging slutbag. Thanks, lover.

So now I have to decide if I’m going to bin the entire 600-word scene or run with it.


Eneyer said...

Why not just take a break from them for now? When I am not sure I walk away from a story/characters. Ray Bradbury once said ideas are like cats, they'll follow you. Just a thought...

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Anonymous said...

Hahaha. Sorry EEE. Bad EEE! Turn your MC into a slutbag....send her my way for some discipline :P


EEE said...

Eneyer - thanks for the advice! I think I WILL take a short break - my problem in the past has been that when I "take a break" from a story, I end up "breaking up" with it. I'll have to be proactive about this only being a hiatus. I'll get my writing club boys to hold me to it!

Rational - you're perving on a fictional character, man.