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This week's awesome questions are from Eden Ashe!
1. How much free reign do you give your characters during a story?
I like to say that I just tell their tale. Revisions are never their fault, it's mine for not communicating the story effectively enough. There are times when I have to throw in a few more obstacles to put my own spin on things, like any good storyteller will do.
2. Have your characters ever done something so out of the blue that not only changed your story, but changed the tone and maybe even the genre you were originally going for? (Like your contemporary romance turned into a spicy paranormal)
That normally happens when I run stories in my head that I am not actively writing. Those characters just do whatever the hell they want and change behaviors before I get their story into the computer. The villains in two stories have done such dark and nasty deeds that I've had to tone it down to submit to editors. (Had to slip in a Firefly gif for fellow Browncoats!)
3. Do you have one character in your head that is sort of boss over all the rest? Or do you decide who to work on and when?
Right now, I'm working on a ghost story. I've allowed the entity to have a voice in the story but I have chosen to delay letting him loose in my brain. Yes, I really believe in the paranormal so I have a strong respect for the subtler beings we can't see. Some are benevolent, passed friends and family members. Some have less noble purposes so in this case, I am absolutely taking charge of when and how I access the spirit ghost's point of view. Yes, I know, a really woo woo kind of answer!
Now hop on over to visit with the creator of these questions, Eden Ashe!
11/11/2014 07:23:39 am
I get that part about letting them float free and do their own thing until you start working with them. Sometimes I feel like I'm trying to sew Peter pan's shadow back on himself.
11/11/2014 11:10:14 am
Amazing imagery! Yep.
11/11/2014 08:23:15 am
Wow, your ghost story already intrigues me. And I get what you mean about sometimes having to protect ourselves as writers from the deeds and thoughts of our less salubrious characters. Perhaps like an actor who plays a particularly unsavory character. We want to tell their story, but we don't want them to stay in our head too long. :)
11/11/2014 11:10:50 am
11/11/2014 09:21:32 am
I've never had one character really take over a story, but I think that would be really exciting, to have a character that vibrant and powerful.
11/11/2014 11:11:49 am
One could say exciting...
11/11/2014 09:36:03 am
I know what you mean, when they're still in your head, they can go nuts
11/11/2014 11:15:53 am
Right. Why I try to avoid letting them run the whole story...
11/11/2014 01:06:12 pm
I really love ghosts myself, been studying them and their behaviors for years now. Your story sounds very interesting :) Great answers!!!
11/11/2014 09:51:00 pm
Great answers! And you're totally right, when I plan things in my head my characters go in all directions before I have to chance to actually get it down on the computer :D
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