Challenge: Using prose or poetry, tell us about any experience you’ve had with a character developing without your conscious input. If you’ve never had it happen, discuss what you might do if one of your characters just started developing without your guidance.
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I thought this challenge would be easy for me because I’ve had any number of characters write their own stories. But, when it comes down to it, I’m not sure I can really explain any of them. How they started, how they developed themselves, or what I didn’t do to control it is beyond me.
The one character that has changed so many times is Lynn Markwell in many of my Fairy Council and fairy tale posts. He’s like me in some respects and the antithesis of me in most respects. I never know where he’s going to go or what he’s going to do. In Mother Goose Exposed, he seemed to show that he was a typical journalist in that he’d do anything for a story and didn’t care what the outcome might be.
He was conniving, tricky, and really screwed over Mother Goose. In other stories he was just a background character who usually, somehow, took on a bigger role.
Most of the time Lynn Markwell (hmm, where did I get that name?) is your basic coward and just there for comedy relief.
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