And I said so, that’s why! (Sorry does that take you back to childhood or what? )
There are times when the urge to whip and/or beat my characters into submission takes over. Why you ask? When I sit down to write I usually try to have a well thought out plan of attack for a story (no, not plotted out as I am a true pantster at heart) and character details worked out all the way down to the color of toe nail polish. Sometimes the direction I want to take my characters in isn’t always where they want to go. It can be fairly devastating to realize that they can be just as stubborn and pigheaded as their creator, not a trait that lends itself well to productivity. Can you believe the audacity of some characters? I mean really, you do your best to bring them to life on paper and then they turn around and get snarky with you. Sheesh!
I struggle with trying to keep the flow of my story going where I think it should, but some times that is impossible. When my characters dig their heels in about something, I find there is little I can do but listen to what they have to say. After all, it is their story I am trying to tell. Doesn’t make too much sense to argue with them does it?
So after a beer or two and a few heartfelt conversations, I think we have finally reached an agreement. A little give and a little take on both sides. Okay, admittedly a little more give and take on my side … did I mention they were really, really stubborn?
If you are a fellow writer, please share your character’s stubbornness… come on you know you want to. If you tell me that they obediently roll over like a dog and do all that you ask I am truly going scream, so be honest. No character is perfect.