How different would it be if I were in charge of the world? I am in charge of this world and I’m not sure it’s that different from the rest of the world. That said, such a cliche, I attempt to be fair and give each party their due, but sometimes, the characters in my story aren’t saying anything relevant. What do you do when the characters are off on a tangent that has nothing to do with what’s going on in the story? You clip their wings sort of speak. Or that’s what we’re supposed to do, right?
At times there are characters who show up unexpected in a story and kinda take over. Or the occasional minor character that suddenly thinks they are more important than the main character or worse, the story itself. What do I do? Well, I’ve been known to give them free reign for a time and see where they take me and if the story goes in a direction I deem inappropriate or unacceptable, I’ll delete or at least archive the idea. But in the case of one current WIP, I kept the character and the story line. I am currently wondering a path I have no previous experience with, on a topic that I have limited knowledge of, and tend to be a bit biased about.
I started the WIP with the intent of co-writing something. (when I say I, that’s what I mean, I hadn’t completely convinced the other writer.) As I waited for my co-writer to be ready, I couldn’t wait to get to it. That’s where Sal begin. Why Sal? it’s the name of the MC or who I thought was going to be the main character, but I digress.
So, I’m bee bopping along with Sal and her cop persona going on a little adventure. Then wham, in the second chapter I’m hit with this new character. Gabriel, didn’t just walk into my WIP, he was dumped, okay not dumped but rather slipped in, by a slime ball attorney. I’m halfway through the WIP and Gabriel has become the story, though he has only now made an appearance in the physical. Not only has Gabriel hi-jacked my story, the MC has grown in ways I couldn’t have predicted. These are both good changes and bad and they help in leading me through the story and yet they take me down a road I’m not entirely comfortable exploring. I could clip Gabriel’s wings. I could take back control and redirect the story. I could just let sleeping dogs lie.
The question I pose on this the first Monday of the new year, what would you do if you were in charge of the world?
Word for the day: serendipitously (go, find the definition, grow)