Motivation Monday: When Your Characters Are Ready for New Experiences, and You Aren’t

Before I began to participate in the literary blogosphere, I had no idea that characters in novels sometimes did things their authors didn’t allow, or even anticipate. 

To the non-writer, this idea probably doesn’t make any sense. I mean, don’t YOU control everything your character does, says and is?

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. -Emily Dickinson

However, writers, like most artists, must always be open to their work going in new, unexpected directions. Practicing “standing ajar,” always inviting the wonderful, the closely held and deeply felt, will help you go with the flow when your characters aren’t marching according to plan.