DWJ in Saga
Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net
Mon Jul 11 14:58:12 EDT 2005
> Note that Dwj xsays they will act "like" real,
> independent people. They are after all still in
> Diana's head, still on the pages she is writing.
> Dwj does not forget who is doing the thinking.
> It always fascinates me that some authors claim
> never to let their characters escape their
We've discussed this idea on my writers' list a few times. My theory is
that authors who claim that their characters do what they tell them to (Kim
Newman, for instance, is one of these), have their subconscious minds under
I have been known to say things about my characters like, "but then X
suddenly told me..." or "but then Y took off on a complete tangent" - but
when I say things like this, it's actually more of a short-hand or
code-phrase for something like, "but then, while I was writing, this
amazingly cool idea that I never thought of consciously before but that
completely fit the situation occurred to me, so I ran with it, and it
worked, and wow!" (Several other writers I know agree with me about this
So I reckon that writers who claim their characters only do what they're
told must have very-well-regulated subconscious minds that never throw up
mad-cool ideas in the midst of writing, but only in the planning and
(And, of course, we none of us ever talk about the times where our
subconscious throws up a mad-cool idea in the middle of writing, and we run
with it, and it turns out to be completely crap and we scrap it and go back
to what we'd originally planned to do. Because that doesn't make a good
story. :-) )
Dorian (currently engaged in a writing marathon).
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