A Timeless Teller of Tales
Notes From My Library: Trigger Warning
Neil Gaiman’s “Keep Moving” Project
A Timeless Teller of Tales-part 2
At this point, I think it is fair to say that my favorite writer is Donald Miller, because I am about to reference his yet again. 😛
The question "Do you write your characters or do they write themselves?" is humorous to me because I just read out of his latest 'A million miles in a Thousand Years,' and he addressed that exactly:
"It was a half-hour walk, so by the time I got to my desk, I'd had plenty of time to plan whatever was coming in the book. But stories are only partly told by writers. TThey are also told by the characters themselves. Any writer will tell you characters do what they want.
If I wanted my character to advance the plot by confronting another character, the character wouldn't necessarily obey me. I'd put my fingers on the keyboard, but my character, who was supposed to go to Kansas, would end up in Mexico, sitting on a beach drinking a margarita. I'd delete whatever dumb thing the character did and start over, only to have him grab the pen again and start talking nonsense to some girl in a a bikini. He'd do this, remember, in a story about a performance artist-turned-ecoterrorist."
I think Gaiman's response was pretty funny considering all this… 🙂