Ray Bradbury once wrote, “Find out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day.”
Some of our Questions of the Week focused on a debate over whether authors have omnipotent control over their characters, or if characters work as independent devices, sometimes even throwing their creator for a loop. Within the LTWF group, we felt the subject was bigger than a Question of the Week, so today we thought we’d open the topic up for audience discussion:
Do your characters ‘talk’ to you, or do you control them completely? How do independent characters conflict with the writing/editing process? Do you think it’s easier or harder for writers to create a novel if their characters ‘talk’ or not? Do you have any stories of characters or plots going awry unexpectedly?
Then, be sure to participate in the poll below!