Letting Characters take over…

OK, so as I often do, today I muse over writing. I spend a lot of my time fighting with my characters. They seem to have minds of their own. If you’re not a writer, you probably think I need the men with the straight jackets. Well, maybe I do need a straight jacket. 😉 But as a writer this is a real fear. If you let them take over, what will happen?

As I’ve told you before, I have another new book coming out in the next week. This one is my New Year’s romance which is the 2nd part to “Tender Flames”. Well, since I was under the weather last week, I got way behind in the manuscript. As I tapped on the keys last night, one of the characters took over the writing process. I had a planned way this book would end, but guess what. As one of the characters evolved in the story, she took over the ending and totally blew it out of the water.

So my question is this, Do we as writers need to let the characters launch a hostile takeover, or do we take back control? Basically if we take over, are we hurting the story? As I sat and let the character take over, I realized maybe she had a point.

Ok, so maybe it’s my brain that does the takeover. Or maybe it’s my heart. As most of you know I love romance and anything about it. Maybe the story didn’t have enough romance or maybe it had too much. But as the story goes, I was pleased with the end results. If all goes well, the story will be ready by the end of the week. Most of the early edits have been completed and the cover is awesome.

As always, good writing and May God Bless you!

 

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5 thoughts on “Letting Characters take over…

  1. I once had a character decide to whisper his entire back story into my brain while I was travelling on a bus and had no chance of getting it all down then he sat mocking me later as I tried to remember it all, so if you need that pretty special jacket I certainly do

      1. hmmm maybe I should practise writing with the pen in my mouth just incase – lets face it if we are this delusional now imagine how bad it would get if we couldn’t write it all down

      2. We’d go batty. I keep scrap paper everywhere with notes. My assistant goes nuts when she comes in my office. We will all just go nuts together. At least others get to enjoy our rantings in our books. Have a wonderful day. Glad you’re doing lots better. 🙂

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