April 3, 2010
It has been said that the greatest discipline of novel writing is to keep the story going where you want it, rather than letting the story take control of you. It is true that your characters start to come alive and seem to act as if on their own accord. You originally want them to do ‘this,’ and when the time comes you realize your character simply has to do ‘that’ because ‘this’ is something they would never do. But either that character, or another character, must do ‘this,’ or the plot will not unfold in the way you planned.