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When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« on: December 20, 2010, 09:38:18 PM »
I just had a moment with my character Imogen Stromholdt, the lead of The Pocket Watch, where she sort of finds out exactly what she is, and why she can do the things that she does despite having absolutely no actual abilities or powers. Since the third is the final book in her storyline, ending the trilogy, I was bound to reveal what she was eventually lol.

But even though I knew from the first sentence of the prologue what she was, the gravity of the revelation hadn't sunk in until I actually wrote the scene and found out right alongside her. Suddenly the weight of that information just felt... I don't know, surreal.

Have you had that moment? Where you finally, fully understand one of your characters even though you already knew them?

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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2010, 01:05:07 AM »
All the time!  ;)

I often have revelations when I am not writing and I think, "THAT'S why so and so did that!" or ""OMG, she knew all along." ......

I think that is one of the wonders of writing!

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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2010, 03:45:17 AM »
Very cool and yes, I've been there. I consider it one of the many joys of being creative.

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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2010, 04:02:02 AM »
Yeah, it's pretty awesome.

In my first novel I had a character who was intended to play a minor/supporting role turn into the star very quickly. Also had a character who would be an "extra" had this been a movie emerge into a more substantive role -- and then a star role for the rest of the series.

It's fun to see what they do/become....  ;D
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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2010, 05:36:12 AM »
Oh yeah, my story changed directions numerous times because my characters told me they wouldn't do that or they would do this. Especially my villians, I have four of them and I went into the POV of three of them.

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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2010, 07:20:25 AM »
I love it when that happens! It makes me feel so much closer to the characters, as though they were real people.

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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2010, 07:22:16 AM »
That's the special moment when your character becomes real and not just your mental projection.

Congratulations!!  ;D
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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2010, 07:26:10 AM »
That's a sign of good character development, and it's cool to see that.  Congrats!
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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2010, 07:36:39 AM »
It is, however, a bit of a pain when they won't allow you to sleep at night!  ;)

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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2010, 07:44:17 AM »
"When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You"...

I tell them to put their clothes back on.
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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2010, 07:46:57 AM »
Read "At Swim Two Birds" by Flann O'Brian.  In the story, an author's characters start a rebellion against him.
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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2010, 08:09:34 AM »
"When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You"...

I tell them to put their clothes back on.

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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2010, 09:25:04 AM »
All the time!  ;)

I often have revelations when I am not writing and I think, "THAT'S why so and so did that!" or ""OMG, she knew all along." ......

I think that is one of the wonders of writing!

Ditto!  I've been doing that with my current WIP.  I had no clue what Luscious meant when he said one of my characters was a 'cheater' and would be frowned upon by 'them'.  BUT, it just came out ... literally spilled out.  It was such a cool feeling!

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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2010, 09:38:35 AM »
All the time!  ;)

I often have revelations when I am not writing and I think, "THAT'S why so and so did that!" or ""OMG, she knew all along." ......

I think that is one of the wonders of writing!

I love those little discoveries that pop up and link together and even make sense as if you had nothing to do with it.


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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2010, 09:54:11 AM »
Oh yeah, just had one of those moments recently.  I was writing so fast and furious and then the novel took a turn in the direction that I had expected it would eventually take, and it actually shocked me to the point where I stopped writing for about a month to digest the change that was taking place in the character.  I had to really sit back and think about what it meant and just mull over the whole thing for a while.

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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2010, 11:25:16 PM »
Ditto!  I've been doing that with my current WIP.  I had no clue what Luscious meant when he said one of my characters was a 'cheater' and would be frowned upon by 'them'.  BUT, it just came out ... literally spilled out.  It was such a cool feeling!

Isn't it just... ;D

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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2010, 11:26:12 PM »
I love those little discoveries that pop up and link together and even make sense as if you had nothing to do with it.



C'mon, you know you don't have anything to do with it!  ;)

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Re: When Your Characters Reveal Themselves To You
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2010, 02:10:39 AM »
Oh yeah! Characters seem to develop as I write them, regardless of my original intention! I've often typed a conversation, read it back and thought "where did that come from?", but it was just right for the character. I've always believed that writers are born, not made, and maybe that's because those original thoughts begin so deep in our subconscious that we are consciously aware of them until we've tapped it out on the keyboard! For instance, I didn't know that was what I was going to write just now until it was written!
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