Friday, January 11, 2019

When characters get out of an author's control

Over at Mad Genius Club this morning, I discuss what happens when characters develop a life of their own, spiral out of the author's control, and take on new roles and significance far beyond what he/she had intended for them.  Every writer will have experienced that in one way or another as our Muse, silly domineering b**** that she is, decides to throw us a curve ball or three every now and again.

I include a very funny Goon Show episode dealing with precisely that subject.  Those of you who like zany British humor will love it.  Click on over there and enjoy!


1 comment:

Daddy Hawk said...

I can’t find the quote right now, but the late Terry Pratchett once said something to the effect that one should be careful of the minor characters one creates as they tend to take on a like of their own. He was referring specifically to the Death of Rats character.