Welcome to the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop! We're back to the traditional three question routine, discussing characters and how we deal with them. If you've joined me from Sarah Hegger, welcome!
How much free reign do you give your characters during a story?
I usually have a pretty good idea of who my characters are before I start to write their story. But something always comes up that I haven't planned for. In those situations, I just let my fingers go, and see where the characters take me. But like any good parent, I also have to make sure they keep their eyes on the ultimate goal. Short cuts and side roads are interesting—but we still have to get to the end together. While I'll listen to my characters, I also have to keep them on the right track.
Have your characters ever done something so out of the blue that not only changed your story, but changed the tone and maybe even the genre you were originally going for? (Like your contemporary romance turned into a spicy paranormal)
Um, no. And that god for that, because I think that would make my head explode. Having a contemporary romance all of a sudden have paranormal plot lines would probably mean major revising to all the work already done, and I just couldn't stand that. I have minimal opportunities to write each day, and the thought of basically being back at square one after weeks of work would make me cry.
Do you have one character in your head that is sort of boss over all the rest? Or do you decide who to work on and when?
I think it's really important to decide who is my dominant character. I write in third person, with the point of view swinging between the hero and heroine. But the story can't be equal. One of those characters has to be the driving force behind the story, regardless of what viewpoint I am writing. As for who to work on and when, I believe the characters grow together. Not at the same pace, and not at the same points in the story, but both of them have to arc toward the people they will be when their relationship is fulfilled.
Interested in how other authors answer those questions? Keep moving on our blog hop. Leslie Hachtel is next!