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March 26, 2012

When Characters Come To Life

by limebirdsally

In my last post I wrote about a residential writing workshop I went on a few years back and it reminded me of a moment of pure idiocy when I allowed one of my characters to hijack me. I’d spent the afternoon writing a scene in my room where a couple of the teen characters were flirting with each other and another character, missing the flow of harmless flirtation put them on the spot by saying, “Are you a couple?” As an aside this particular character was always intended to be sweet and naive, but ended up really annoying me, but hey, characters like to take a life of their own.

I was on cooking duty with a man and woman in their mid forties who’d come to the course together. For some reason instead of just introducing myself I blurted out, “Are you a couple?”

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