I’m still promoting my first book, On a Sphere’s Edge; pushing the ebook and the audio book, with hopes of having a paperback version later this year or early next. While I am doing that, I am working on my next book, and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
I am constantly surprised at how my own writing can take on a life of its own. I know the story arch. I know what is supposed to happen, what needs to happen. Still, as I write, living the debates that one or more characters might have, surprising and wonderful twists will happen all on their own.
Certainly I am guiding the events. Clearly they are born out of my conscious or subconscious. Nonetheless, I do not always foresee them. They are as unexpected to me as write them as I hope they will be to reader, and yet they lead the story exactly where I want it to go. Sometimes they create a twist or turn that I did not forecast, but as of yet they have not led the story astray. On the contrary, they enhance it, making the process of writing as thrilling to me as it might be to the unsuspecting reader.
Yesterday, as I write this, which may be several days ago by the time this is posted, the writing was at one of its many crossroads. The main character had a suspicion, and was debating with his companion on a method for ascertaining the truth of the situation. Long ago I had figured that the primary antagonist would be required to provide the answer due to the rules set out earlier in the piece. But as I wrote out the ensuing debate, and had the protagonist approach the antagonist, the characters told me, ‘no’. The antagonist was determined to not provide the protagonist the answer to his question, based on the rules that I earlier thought would require it to do so. Instead, the antagonist was determined to tell the protagonist something else. Something that has been one of the underlying points of the story all along, though I never intended for it to be said outright. Nonetheless, once it was clearly stated it made the events much more provocative and deep.
It is as if my characters have lives of their own.