All heading in the same direction

Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.

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How do you handle it when one of your characters starts going in a direction you hadn’t planned?

This week’s topic is an easy one for me.

As I have absolutely no idea where things are going to end up when I start pressing the keys, I generally sit back and let them get on with it.

That’s the great advantage of not having to plan things, the story appears to me in a linear form, a bit like life, it all happens one thing after another and I write it down.

I can’t control what I have no influence over.

Even if I tried, there would be little point. The characters seem to know what’s going on and I’ve learned to leave it to them.

In the past, I’ve attempted to structure a novel before writing it. My attempts all failed. I can’t do it on my own, I have to have input from the characters for the process to work. This is why I always say that I don’t write the stories, all I do is transcribe the work of others.

It’s the same with sequels. Once an adventure is complete, I might get to see the start of another straight away, or it could be some time until (or even if) I do.

For example, I wrote the first two Andorra Pett stories in one go, but after six years I’m still waiting for a sequel to Life and Other Dreams.

I know there is one, I saw the first chapter at the end of the original story but I have to be patient and wait for the characters to tell me the rest. I’ve tried writing it a couple of times, I get a glimpse but that’s about all.

I used to think that it was a strange way to work. After all this time, I can’t imagine doing things any other way.

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6 Responses

    • Richard Dee

      I agree, I used to worry that it was a strange way to work. I’m used to it now.

      • P.J. MacLayne

        I often start with a beginning and an end, and have to discover the middle. But sometimes the characters will change the end on me.

        • Richard Dee

          I never know the end until it arrives, it makes the journey quite exciting.

  1. Snapdragon

    I say the goal is to move the story from A to Z it does not matter how the characters get to the other points between.

    • Richard Dee

      That’s a task for my characters, I just record the way it happens.

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