Difficult Character

Okay, so we’re all writers here, right? Or we’re here trying to get some advice. Well, one question I’ve been faced with is what to do when you have a difficult character, or a character who defies what you want them to do.

The answer, to me, is a simple one.

Do nothing.

The thing about our characters that we write and create is that they’re their own people. They have thoughts and feelings and even though we create them, there’s no way that we are in control of them.

We start out with one idea, one thought, maybe even ne trait of a character and we help them grow. We help them learn life lessons and not always the easy way, but beyond that, they’re just like children. They grow up and start to think for themselves, winding and driving on the plot. The thing about characters that don’t listen is that it’s normal.

I’ve come to find that the more you try to push these characters, the more staggered and the more broken the story seems to get. I’ve personally had to rewrite multiple scenes because I fought characters and it’s just not worth it in my opinion.

If you have another way of dealing with difficult characters, leave a comment! I would love to know how other people handle things!

 

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2 thoughts on “Difficult Character

  1. I’ve learned through my main chaacter that he will tell me more of his story when he is ready, not when I am. And when he does, I’d better be ready to write it down, or he’ll leave and I’ll miss it.

  2. I know this feeling all too well. I’m known at work for stopping what I’m doing to write something down before I forget it and it usually has something to do with my books or characters!

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