Happy New Year! I hope everyone has enjoyed their winter holidays! Chinese New Year’s was only two days ago and it is now the year of the horse! If you made a New Year’s resolution than I wish you luck in still holding it up. Mine is to write everyday (ranging from one minute to as long as I can, as long as I get to my computer at some point during the day!)
So it’s the first week of the month of February so I’m giving an advice to young writers or just typical advice.
Advice: Let Your Characters Change
It’s amazing how you will plan a character and the details of their personality only for them to end up changing to someone completely different as you write the story. You will find that as you type the character changes and sometimes the story changes as well as it follows your new characters. Let this happen.
When the characters develop and change: It’s good.
When you force a character to remain the same and rope them to the ground: than the story seems forced.
Don’t wrestle your characters to make them fit into that original image that you had of them. Let’s be honest: When you have a first impression of a person it is rarely right. You learn more about the person as time goes on and they change. You see more of their weakness, their strengths, and the times when they just flat out break down and go crazy.
I know this isn’t long, but it’s straightforward: Let your characters exist.
See you next week,
The Author of the Dream vs Reality series and student at AFNORTH International High School.