For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.
Today the letter is R for Rebellious Characters.
Most writers have at least some idea about how their novel’s storyline is going to be written whether they carefully outline each chapter or just sit down and write. They know who the main characters are and what they want and what will stand in their way.
But sometimes as an author, you run into that character who throws you for a loop. They do something unexpected. Or perhaps their wants change, and the character is now going off in a different direction. Or maybe they say something that you weren’t expecting.
So what do you do with these rebellious characters?
Well, in my opinion, as a writer, I let the characters do what seems natural. Yes, this may alter your scene or perhaps even the plot of your story, but it will be better because of it. Even imaginary people are resistant to living in a completely determined world. You need to leave the door open for them to do what comes natural or to even change and grow.
As an author, you need to let the characters behave in a way that is consistent with who they are. Even if that is not what you planned.
If you missed the other days in the A to Z Challenge:
A is for Alice
B is for Belgarath
C is for Cautious Child
D is for Dana Scully
F is for Flaky Character
G is for Gandalf
H is for Huckleberry Finn
I is for Independence
J is for Jason Bourne
K is for Kind (Quote)
L is for Lazy Characters
M is for Merlin
N is for Nancy Clancy
O is for Organized
P is for Puss in Boots
Q is for Quiet