So I noticed one thing in my writing that I'm beginning to wonder about. When I first start writing a story/novel, I have this idea in my head as to what it's going to be. Then I take notes on those ideas and the characters and what I want the plot and ending to look like.
And I've noticed something interesting. While I write the story- it changes. I gather more ideas when I'm writing than I had before I started. Pretty soon the story is a little different- or maybe ALOT different from what I had first invisioned it would be.
Is this normal? When you write- do you find your characters taking actions that you had not realized they would take, changing the course of the book?
Let me know please!
My books ALWAYS take on a life of their own. Sometimes that's good, and I end up with a better story. Other times I have to rein them in and redirect them. Writing is a dynamic process with lots of unexpected turns.
My latest book, The Quill Pen, is actually one of my earliest manuscripts. It's a totally different story than what I started with (thank goodness!).
As I write, my characters tend to kind of take over. They develop shapes and personalities that I wasn't expecting and suddenly my book is headed in a complete different direction. As frustrating as it can be, it's kind of neat to watch them come to life and do their thing.
The Ink Puddle
I know what you mean. I'm in the process of writing a new project right now- and I didn't realize that the character I wrote would take me in the direction she's going. But going against her reactions wouldn't help the book either- and it's kind of funny to see it and think, "Whoops, there she goes!" lol.
What's the name of your series?