By which I mean writing, of course. :)
It's truly magical, which is something I guess I'd forgotten. Halfway torn between editing my old story and writing a new WIP, I'm rediscovering the love for both worlds. Like, for example, how you can still discover new things about your characters even during edits.
That's exciting, right?
Well, mostly. Sometimes it can result in an unlovely amount of rewriting. But, then again, sometimes that's fun. It all comes down to character.
Do you know your characters before you start writing? Likes, dislikes, habits, quirks? Or do they just happen as you write? Every once in awhile, does a character come out of nowhere and say, "Here I am! Totally unplanned! Oh, by the way, I'm a main character. Sorry I didn't let you know before, but you know how it is. Nice to meet you!"
To which the only response is, "Likewise, I'm sure."
I think I've suffered from all three. For example:
Theyrin: I knew this guy from the get-go. I had a character sheet, I knew his moral center, I knew his whole life story. Yes, some things developed as I wrote, but for the most part, I knew exactly what he was going to say and do.
Evyn: This girl was a bit more problematic, and a lot more fun. (Not that I don't adore you Theyrin - you know I do!) Like Theyrin, I knew her history - sort of. I knew she'd run away from a courtly upbringing at ten, I knew she was an orphan, I knew she was tough and sweet and snarky but ultimately compassionate. But she showed me up. "Court? Yes. Home country? Wrong." All right... different upbringing. I can handle that. "Snarky? I... guess..." and a whole new softer side was revealed (plenty of snark remained, fear not). "As far as habits go, I have this whole bite my lip thing... only when I'm nervous or thinking." Okay... "Oh, or shy." Shy? "Yeah, sometimes I'm shy."
Rydan: I had no plan for Rydan. I didn't even mean for him to have a name. It didn't start out as Rydan, but what it was... *shrug* I can't remember. He was supposed to be an extra, he was supposed to hand the captain a box and move on with life. Four paragraphs in, however, he turned sapphire eyes toward me and winked. "You're not getting rid of me that easily."
Well... drat. Rewrites, here I come.
(P.S. Rydan's one of my favorites. He's so adorable!)
What about you? Any characters that behave the way you want them too? Any characters who don't? :)