The birth of characters

I was thinking about this while writing yesterday. Characters, at least for me, seem to be born into my head with their own personalities and sometimes there is nothing I can do to change that. I started writing this new project with a good idea of how I wanted the main hero's personality to be but when I started writing it it came out completely different! I tried to steer it back to how I had thought it would be originally but it just didn't work. It was quite a shock to realize this has happened with pretty much all my characters.

Take Katherine in Ever Burning for example. She was originally supposed to be like a head strong sister to William but she ended up being kind of a weak, clingy annoyance that just came with Daniel.

In this new book Sal ended up slightly crazier than I originally thought she would be. And Alex, the main guy was supposed to be this kind hearted, romantic fellow but he's actually a very outspoken, blunt guy that knows no boundaries. That changed things quite a bit.

Another thing is that they also seem to be born with their own stories and backgrounds. I don't have to think about it too much most of the time. It just comes out naturally. Like with Sal especially. She had a very strong background story that was so easy to convey.

I'm happy to say this new book I am working on is coming along nicely. Once I get writing it seems to come out much more naturally than Ever Burning but it is quite a simpler plot. But in a good way. I can't wait to see where this new adventure in writing takes me!

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