Meeting your characters is a wonderful experience in the process of writing. The magical moment when you realize the character is more than a shadow in your mind – they become flesh and blood with feelings as important as your own. Suddenly you meet someone who’s not just a filled-out thought, but someone who thinks, dreams and speaks. Someone who loves, feels and hopes like you and I.
The first few chapters pass with no hassles as you are breathing life into your character, and suddenly as you writing a line of dialogue, your character speaks with their own voice. From then on, you can’t put words in their mouths, you must listen and record. Sometimes you might not like what they have to say, but that is when you need to stay true to your character. Another scenario is that your story starts moving away from your original plan on paths unplanned, suddenly the character does something unexpected, and you don’t quite know where you are. The story you had a firm grip on suddenly seems as unrecognizable and strange as if you ended up in another world with no map or compass, a world that was familiar, but now you don’t quite know. This is when you rely on your character to show you the way. This is when a book becomes more than words on paper, it becomes a living, exciting world to lose yourself in.
My advice – prepare for an adventure! 🙂