Here you are, sitting at your desk, ready to write out a scene. You’ve got the whole thing figured out in your head – who’s going to say what, what so-and-so is going to do, how your main character is going to react to it… it’s all there and you’re loving it, you can’t wait to get it down. So your fingers start moving, the words pouring out over the keyboard, and you see the scene unfold through your character’s eyes.
And then it happens.
Before you know it, your character says, ‘To hell with what you had planned out, I want this to happen’, and your powerless to stop them. Your character is already in your head and now their using your fingers to write out what they want. You just sit there, watching paragraph after paragraph appear on your computer screen as your character tells the story the way they feel it should go. When all is said and done, your character smiles, brushes their hands together in a self-satisfying job-well-done, then happily returns to the story.
As for you, you sit back in your chair wondering where the hell that just came from. You look at your computer screen and read everything that was just written out. When you’re done, you tilt your head to the side and read it again. Then you lean forward and place you elbows on your desk, your face propped up in the palms of your hands, and you read it again. “That’s nothing like I planned it. Everything’s the absolute opposite of how I envisioned it… but damned if I don’t like it.”
Strange how that happens, huh?
So, has it ever happened to you?