I’ve started a new book as mentioned previously- but even though it’s only a few pages in, it’s gone through some MAJOR changes.
My lead character had a sex change while I was trying to sprint into “his” story. A bit of a shock to me, but probably quite worse for "him".
Here’s what happened. I was settling in to do some writing sprints with a dear friend. I was moving along but something just felt off- like when your left rear tire is going flat. Not flat yet mind you- but slowly losing air and your car just feels “off”.
My story-my newest baby- was off the track.
I had decided to do a male pov with this story- a story idea that’s lurked in my idea drawer for a few eons. It HAD to be a male, four guys, military fantasy, images in my mind….and the character said- nope.
Actually, I blame the new character. As I was working I realized- naw, this has to be a tough military woman. So I puttered about trying names, changing all the pronouns, etc. Then I realized this wasn’t just ANY woman, this was a character I had written in a short story over ten years ago for a class! She shoved her way in and pummeled the original character out of exsistance!
Now, I’m all for strong women- I like to think I’m one, and I admire those who really are. But isn’t this a bit much? Just whose story is this? Well, the new character made it very clear that it is her story and while I may think it is mine- I am delusional.
Now, not everything will go her way, but I think her main issue was just to make sure I knew she was supposed to be the lead. But dang, I’ve never had that happen before!
What about any of you? Ever have a main character RADICALLY change from who you planned on them being?
Ha! Whoops! :)ReplyDelete
When I was writing Night Demon, I was sure I was going to kill off the female archeologist. I wrote her to kill her.
After 3 different murder attempts, not only did she stay alive, but it turned out she was the main heroine!!! *boggle*
Who knew??? :)
So listen to your characters... Our subconscious sometimes knows much more than we do! LOL
Love this! It's amazing how characters can turn our worlds (in story and otherwise) upside down! Jordan www.evaprim.comReplyDelete
Marie - at first I thought "he" did have a sex change and he/she took over. Well - could happen - that would leave the door open for all kinds of interior changes to your original idea.ReplyDelete
LOL- takes for the comments folks!ReplyDelete
SIGH- THANKS for the comments!! LOL- not "takes" oy!ReplyDelete