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When characters do unexpected things

After reworking the plot for one of my 3 POV characters -- moving chapters from their current placement to the second half of the WIP, adding new chapters in their place, nailing down the timeline more accurately -- this POV character meets a powerful leader of one of the mountain clans within his dukedom.

Now, does this new person follow along with the plot I've planned out? No, he doesn't. He throws a huge monkey wrench into everything. And you know what? I'm glad. While this is the first time I've actually written this character, he's been mentioned, and not in nice terms, on multiple occasions (in multiple WIPs). So, I guess this is his way of getting revenge by grabbing the spotlight and running with it.

However, like I've said, I really like it. Turns out this is just what the book needed at this point. And to think I was just going have my POV send a letter only and skip a personal appearance here.

Have you had a secondary character usurp the stage and put one of your POV characters in an unexpected predicament?

Anyway, now I have to figure out how to get my POV character out of this mess.

Time for another word count update:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
40,130 / 100,000

Getting there.


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Sep. 25th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Ha! Two minds with a similar thought (have you seen my Magical Words post yet?)

The same character I mentioned at MW did that to me...he wandered onto the scene of a woman being assaulted, even though I'd never intended him to be there at all. He ended up...well, I can't really say, since I hope to sell this book. But he made all kinds of entertaining trouble for the bad guys, trouble I hadn't even begun to think of before. It was great fun!
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