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It’s Monday, so it’s time for the regularly scheduled look at what the trouble with writing is. This week, we’re looking at characters.

We all want to control our characters and not let them have a single say as to what’s going on. Sounds easy, right? After all, they’re not real.

Wrong. So wrong.

As it turns out, as I found out a while back, these characters become very real, and they can tear you inside out if you let them. They can also cause you to lose a lot of sleep. Been there, done that.

It’s okay to let go of your characters and let them have free will. I do. They live wild lives. So what? If you need to try and tame it down in the second, third, fourth, or even tenth draft, you can do that. It happens.

I do have to say, though, it can be a major pain. I tried to write this one book, and it totally flopped. The characters were supposed to fall in love at the end, and they fell in love on page fifteen…whoops. That’s not even close to the end yet.

I’m thankful my other books have turned out better than that.

So yes, our characters are totally out of control. And while that can be a major pain, it can also be fun. Let them have free will. See where it takes you. šŸ™‚

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