Hi, everyone. Here’s this month’s question from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
The short answer is yes. The long answer is a bit more involved, as you might expect.
In my debut novel, In The Eye of The Beholder, is a character named Gilbert Rochambeau. Gilbert was originally going to be a minor character. He had a function to play, and that was going to be that. Bye-bye, Gilbert.
I wrote myself into a corner at one point and realized that the problem was with Gilbert: he wasn’t done talking yet. He needed to play a far greater part in the story … and so he did, carrying right over into the award-winning sequel, In The Eye of The Storm.
The lesson I learned from all of this was that sometimes our characters have better ideas than we do!