The more I write, the more characters I need to write about.
I wrote "Relocated," my recently-published novel, for the 2010 Nano, I
had no goal beyond overcoming my phobia about writing science fiction.
But I got hooked on writing in the genre, on my characters, and the
universe I'd created. Unwilling to let it go, I wrote two follow-on
novels, featuring characters who appear in "Relocated," novels that I'm
almost ready to submit, and I've started a fourth. This one features a
new main character. He has a family, allies, and enemies -- more new
thing is, I'm unable to keep myself from spinning the continuing tale
of my creations' lives. They have friends, relatives, children,
co-workers. What's a writer to do? The lives of the old characters did
not stop with the end of the book. These characters march resolutely
onto the pages of my manuscript, announcing what's happening in their
lives, and prodding me to mention them in the text. Their lives go on.
E. is old enough to date, who is she seeing? She's dating S. But how
serious is it? Is there a woman involved,? If so, she's going to be
another new character. Do I simply not mention she's seeing someone?
characters form foursomes. Two of the characters from novel two have
now found their third and fourth. They snuck into a scene in the novel
I've just started, but I'm resisting introducing the two new women.
it's time to bite the bullet and create a character bible for these
folks to help me keep track of who's who. But I'm still left with all
those stories, and deciding which ones to tell.
Margaret Fieland is the author of "Relocated," published by MuseItUp publishing, and available where ever ebooks are sold.
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