This post goes right along with what I blogged about not too long ago and it’s a very good reminder for me–so I decided to post it again.
Whether you have a plot-driven, a story-driven, or a character-driven novel, the characters are immensely important. So, follow them. Listen to them. It is their story after all.
What is the dilemma you ask.
The dilemma is this:
Do you follow where you characters lead or are you determined to keep the story on the course you’ve already determined for it? This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. As I have written my story, it has taken quite a few twists and turns that I did not expect or see coming. What did I do with them? Why, I followed of course!
Isn’t that what a writer does?
Well, that is the question isn’t it?
I have never been overly fond of the terms “Plotter” or “Pantser” but I do begin, after all this time, to see why they fit so well.
A plotter sits down and plots out the course of their novel. They do a detailed outline. They may even go so far as to have almost a rough draft’s worth of information…
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