When characters rebel!

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ― E.L. Doctorow. An especially poignant thought since he passed, and particularly appropriate to this post.

Kayla Howarth

Some people just don’t get it. Trying to explain that my characters are not listening to me, that they’re behaving badly, and that they’re not doing what I tell them to, to people who are not authors? The answer is always the same:

“Uh … you do realise YOU have complete control, right? THEY’RE IN YOUR HEAD.”

At which point, I shake my head and scream at them, “You have no idea!” This tends to make strangers run the other way as fast as they can, but my friends and family just roll their eyes and sigh.

You know how you’re told that if you have voices in your head, you’re crazy? This means every author I know should be sent to the nut house.

Plot outlines are all well-and-good, but what happens when your characters start rebelling?

In my current WIP, my MC was always destined to end up with…

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.

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