It’s still dismal and dreary here, trees all naked, sky slate grey, a million leaves covering the ground. Cold, too, but I went for a short walk anyway with the dog. And I was thinking how amazing it is what a good character can do. You might not know it in the early stages when the two of you are first getting to know one another, or in my case, when he first pops into existence - Summoned.
I'm thinking of Vathek, my little imp I introduced about a hundred pages into Grimoire. I thought it was Hugh who gives Arlen information but I figured out it is actually Vathek, which makes much more sense. And I realize this is not the first time one of my characters has determined the correct course and how best to proceed with the story. If I’ve drawn them well enough they can practically write the story themselves – if I listen.
Do your characters speak to you? When you read a story do the characters within tell you more than what’s written?