My current project is KICKING MY BOOTY.
My characters went on strike for the summer. Like, really. They revolted. It wasn’t kind of them. They need to be punished.
I kept trying to coax them out of their hiding spot. I offered them chocolate, Dr. Pepper, money (they didn’t think the Monopoly variety was very appealing. Not sure why not since they are fiction themselves…) but still–they refused to talk to me.
So I did what any good writer on deadline does.
I wrote anyway.
Then wrote again.
Then deleted again.
It was all wrong. And I was about to need serious counseling for rejection issues if they didn’t start talking to me again soon.
But last week I did it.
I broke through and wrote a good chunk of their story without their help.
I stuck out my writer-tongue and them and said, “Na-na-na-na-na, I didn’t need your help after all! I made it good without your input.”
Do you know what happened?
They hated their story. In fact, they hated it SO MUCH that they came running back, pounding on my door, begging me to listen to their version of the story.
I told them it was too late. I was already closing in on halfway through the story. Too late to go back.
But the louder I told them no, the louder they yelled, until I just couldn’t take it anymore.
I shouted FINE, even though my deadline was looming. I’m such a pushover. I deleted FIVE chapters for them, y’all. FIVE.
They were so happy, they started chirping away, giving me their story faster than my fingers could type.
Two days later, I’m back to where I was before I deleted the not-my-characters story, and thankfully, they are still chattering loudly, filling me in on all the fun stuff (or not so fun, as the case may be) that is happening to them.
On one hand, I’m a little miffed that they’d gone on strike for so long. It REALLY cramped my writing timeline.
But I guess the cliche is true. Better late than never!
Let’s Chat!! Authors frequently mention characters “talking” to them. I’m curious for you readers out there. Is this, like, normal, or a little scary? And please, if you ever meet up with some characters who are hiding from their author… do an author a favor and convince them to go home. It is past curfew and then need to get home! (Okay, now I KNOW I’ve scared you!!!)