Creating Two New Novels. Writing One Chapter Weekly. Podcasting As I Go. Welcome to The Experiment.
I’ve mentioned once or twice that my characters have stopped being these little toys I can manipulate and have grown into their own. “Yay” for them. For me, it’s stressful. I feel like the parent who has taught their child everything they need to know and now must trust them to make their own decisions.
Carson is giving me trouble as I write part 2 of Chapter 5. *Possible spoiler alert!* He wants to play with Lily and not the nice playground games like, “Red Light, Green Light” we use to play as children. I want to stop him. I want to tell him not to even think about it. And, I realize the hardest part about being in control is knowing when to relinquish it.
From a creative standpoint, why not? It goes with who Carson is as a person. I know Carson is exactly the type of person who would play with a person’s emotions. I just happen to not like those types of people. But, if it’s a requirement to make all characters likeable by my standards, we wouldn’t have literature.
I guess it’s just freaking me out because he’s adding in a subplot I did not foresee. AT ALL. And, I’m not sure if I should risk it since this is a, “Publish as I write” experiment. What if he leads me astray?
And back again to the other side of the coin…what Carson is plotting is so natural to his nature, to go against it may be the real damage. I don’t like stories to be contrived. (who does?) And I feel to make Carson go any other direction than what he has proposed would be forcing the story to match my way whether or not it’s for the best.
What would you do?