Thursday, 8 July 2010
Characters who have their own minds.
I had an incident like that today with one of the female characters in the PhD novel. I am telling the story using four voices, Ben - who is probably the main character but also Matt, Millie and Amna. They take it in turns to have a chapter allocated to them. Today I was writing from Amna's point of view and I thought I knew her well.
But oh no, did she take me by surprise. She took every preconception I had about her and ripped them up by telling me something that has put a whole different spin on her story. It is something that I hadn't even considered. But she had and she wanted it said out loud. So that's what I did.
Now if you are writers you will know what I am talking about, if not you will now be totally sure that I am round the twist, which is also possibly true.