How to Control Your Characters
Let me try to sum it up simply, in two words.
Yes, the characters do belong to you, but just wait. Soon they'll start developing their own brains. Their own personalities. Their own way of doing things.
And sometimes, you may just be wondering if you're even the author at all.
Your main male protagonist, who had been perfectly well behaved up until chapter 22, may just start rebelling. "Yes, you remember me? You amputated my leg in chapter 10! I'll never forgive you for that!" Soon the other characters will join in, waving signs of protest and going on strike.
This, I think, is what is more formally known as writer's block.
Characters simply won't obey. This point has been proven to me time and time again. The other night was the most recent evidence of this, when a character showed up in my brain waving a rather large sign. "HELLO! My name is Beckett! I will be appearing in your next story, so just deal with it."
Yep, you guessed it. He is now in my story.
I've been thinking... maybe it isn't a bad thing when characters don't obey. Maybe it's a good thing.
And maybe, it just means that we're doing a good job with them.
On a more personal note, I have now decided to take a break from my NaNo novel, Silver Tears. It's not that I don't like the novel anymore, and I fully intend to finish it. I'm just having a hard time connecting, and my inspiration has completely run dry.
So, I have a new novel. This one started itself and I really need to find its plot. And yes, Beckett is in said novel. Now it's just a matter of finding out where this novel is taking me.
See? I can't control my novels, either. *sigh*