Friday, January 18, 2008

When Characters Nag

on the next Montel.

The One And Only Iron John recently posted about a character who is demanding John's attention. He wondered if it happens to everyone, how to deal with it, is he going crazy, etc. As to the last question, the answer is, "You're a writer. Of course, you're crazy."

I have to admit that I have a character trying to get my attention right now. Like John, I want to do something else first, but she doesn't care. I guess I can't blame her. I've been creating this person for five years--that's twenty-five in character years. She's all grown up and wants to go explore the world. Guess I may have to help her do that.

The character in question is Kitty from MMG. And it's not just her. Bits of narrative and description intrude when I'm in the middle of something else. Other characters pop in from time to time to let me know how they've changed in the past few months. But that's not the catalyst that's sitting me down this weekend to begin the rewrite.

No, what convinced me that it really is time to rewrite is a dream I had last night. Now I've dreamed stories and characters before, but never agents. Then Dan showed up to tell me he's waiting.

Hmmm. Thinking I shouldn't ignore that one.


Fleur Bradley said...

Listen to Kitty :-)

Jenny said...

I'm with Fleur...and if you wait five more know character years increase exponentially....

Yep, it's time to take the next big step. Not because Dan says so, not even because Kitty says so, but it's time to learn the revision part of the process...and you can only learn by doing.

Lauri said...

I love this line - "You're a writer. Of course, you're crazy."

And yeah - the characters nagging and insistent for attention does feel crazy. I've learned not to talk about it with people who don't write, they get such concerned, perplexed, and freaked out looks on their faces.