Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Character takeover

So, I'm writing.  A lot.  I think I have this entire story in my head; the main things anyway.  But something happened last night that totally stunned me.  One of my characters took over.  She committed a terrible, terrible crime.  She wasn't supposed to.  In fact, she wasn't supposed to play a major role or have such an intense past.  She's just a child, really.

I kept writing, though, and let her take me where she wanted to go, and holy hell . . .  My heart was pounding by the time she finished having her way.  I can't believe I wrote what I did.  It's raw, and unexpected.  And so totally cool for the story!  It fits in so well, and will tie in nicely through-out, and wrap up the ending even better than I'd envisioned.

I've had characters go their own way before, but this was just really out-there.  How 'bout you guys?  This ever happen before? 


Susan Adrian said...

Yup. My favorite moments EVER. :)

Yay for you and your character!

LeeAnn Flowers said...

I had a minor character, who when I started the story, was supposed to be a semi-criminal contact who would just move the main character from point A to point B. By the time he let go of the story, he not only had a whole backstory and chunk of the plot, but he helped define the main character and save her butt.

It's just so awesome when a story gets hijacked like that. Congrats to you!

Tia Nevitt said...

Like Leeann, I had a minor character who surprised me. He was supposed to be a creep. Well, he refused to take that role and became something much more interesting. Then, I gave him this touching background and he turned out to be the major love interest.

I love writing about him! He surprises me every time.

Sushi said...

Mmyep. That's pretty much how my series developed (and why I now have to pare it down so much). One character, whom I've grown to adore, was originally meant to be a minor politician. Now he's one of the three most major characters in the whole series, AND he gets some. Whee!

K. said...

Sounds like I'm in great company! :)

I'm still riding pretty high on this new direction -- back to writing!!

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Totally! :D

Anonymous said...

Hey, the main character of my WIP was supposed to be a minor character. A character who was supposed to be the main character now doesn't have a single scene from her point of view. Really. I started writing the first chapter and she went and died on me. Well, she's not really dead and I intended to play off that. Then her husband took over. He said "hey, this is my story." So now it is his story. The thing is he doesn't come off like he has this intense personality so it really surprised me, but I mean if that's what it is that's what it is. Worse then that, my villian kept begging for my attention so the story is now almost as much about her as it is about my hero. It works, though, because they actually come from similar places so it kind of exemplifies that fine line between good and evil.