I love writing. It has made me realize things that I've never dreamed. First, I never imagined I could actually write anything worth reading. I've been talking about wanting to write for over ten years, but I just got around to doing it a few months ago. I could kick myself for wasting so much precious time. Sure, it's hard work, but I LOVE it.
And my WIP. Well, what can I say? I adore it. Now I know some of you may be thinking Don't get too attached to it...first novels usually suck. But I can't help it. This book is my baby. And the characters....they are like real, live, flesh-and-blood people to me now. I can see them and hear the things they say. They have told me things I never thought they would do. One character even showed up unexpectedly. I blogged once about how I came up with my characters and created sketches for each one, but one just waltzed in and has become a pretty major player.
Another thing about my characters is that they have started taking over the story. I have a very general outline to help me remember where I want the characters to be at certain points of the story, but the chapter I've been working on for the past few days has tripped me up. I keep wanting the characters to go one way, but they want to go in the opposite direction. And you know what, it looks like they are going to win. Something about this particular chapter has been bothering me, but the more I think about it, the more I see how the characters are right again. So tonight, when I log off the Internet, I'm going to just listen to them and see where they take me. And I can't wait.
How has your WIP surprised you? Do you control your characters, or have they taken over your story?