I’ll paint the scene. He’s a detective, not hard, not soft but somewhere in the middle. He’s dedicated, loyal and an all round nice guy. He’s madly in love with his girlfriend. It’s new and fresh and bubbly so his love life is great at the moment. He meets a medical examiner to talk about the details of a recent murder. She’s an attractive woman which is fine. I wanted her to be a little stern, not someone to take crap from uppity young detectives. Instead what I got was both characters flirting. I didn’t intend to write it but it just seemed to fit. Now, while it may not survive second or third draft cull it’s there for now. I got the main aspects of my characters down in words but they just seemed to go about there own business while I watched from my God like perspective, only there to record.
This has happened to me a few times. Now, either I’m going crazy or this is a possible occurrence when writing. We create characters, mapping out their inner Psyche. Defining what they look like and how the world perceives them. We create elaborate inner conflicts. Sometimes we’ll throw a few outer conflicts in for good measure. We’ve build a person from the ground up, everything there to see apart from a Victor Frankenstein blood and bone monster. We set them on a path guided by our story and then they deviate. They seem to want to go do something else. This is not a complaint. I love when it happens. It add spontaneity and surprise. Like my flirting duo above, I didn’t see it coming but there it was. The scene seemed to want it, so as the good natured writer I am I let it happen.
Let me know if you’ve ever had that moment when your characters seemed to know better and do their own thing?