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    some_kinda_superstar
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    Bossy Characters

    Do you ever find that your characters start to boss you around? Have you ever started writing a story with specific intentions, but your characters refuse to cooperate?

    I have often found that characters I write take on a life of their own. They do things I don't want them to do, and take on character traits I never intended for them. Quite often a story will come out completely different to how I originally planned it, simply because one or more of the characters had a will of their own.

    So, does this happen to anyone else, or am I just crazy?

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    stareyed_in_LA
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    That happened to me once. It involves developing my OC, "Winifred" Tyra Portman.
    These are traits that I originally came up with for my OC;
    She has dark blonde hair
    Is a poet
    Is a Taurus
    Is not a movie junkie
    Is just as quiet and reserved as my other OC, Masami Yamamura (because they were made up as the two missing Gryffindor girls in Hermiones year)

    As soon as I began writing out a character outline, WT went nutso and began becoming some one who I didn not plan to be. If she were a real person, this is a type of note she would write;

    Dear Erica (which is my real name)
    Why are you not listening to me at the moment. I just glanced at your profile that you written about me, and let me tell you this. I hate it! OH MY GOD! I am a blonde! I thought I said last week that I wanted to have black hair. I did not say blonde, I said black. And pale skin. How overrated. Why not add some colour? There are not enough black actresses and I want to make a contribution to this minority.
    This brings me to my next point. Why am I a poet? I am not a poet. I am an actress. I need to be in the spotlight. Poets are rarely in the spotlight. Why don't you make Masami a poet. Or Jim. Jim is bloody emo anyway.
    And "quiet and reserved". Gimme a break. I was never "quiet and reserved" and never will be! I am loud and I tend to wear my beliefs on my sleeve. I am dramatic, probably the most dramatic girl in my year.
    Now, you better change these things, PRONTO, or else!
    Have a nice day!
    Love,
    Tyra


    By the way, that note isn't flame. Superstar, you are pratically not alone when it comes to characters revolting against you.
    All fan fic writers, please take this piece of advice to heart. If you plan an OC in one way, and they want to be completely diffrent from what you wanted them to be, you should be prepared to change your character to the way that they wanted to be.

    Right now, I am changing certain aspects of my OC, though it will be a while before I can make her more believe able.

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    Bryant
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    Actually, it's funny you mentioned it because with a OC that I am writing right now, I'm having that same issue. At first the character was supposed to be shy and quiet, but now, she's definitely an extrovert and adds some comical relief to the story. Before she was a lot more mysterious and taciturn, but that has turned completelyi n the opposite direction. It's funny how it works, isn't it?

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    Schmerg_The_Impaler
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    Do you ever find that your characters start to boss you around? Have you ever started writing a story with specific intentions, but your characters refuse to cooperate?

    I have often found that characters I write take on a life of their own. They do things I don't want them to do, and take on character traits I never intended for them. Quite often a story will come out completely different to how I originally planned it, simply because one or more of the characters had a will of their own.

    So, does this happen to anyone else, or am I just crazy?
    Yes, I know exactly what you mean! I had a character named Jordan, Harry's son in a next-gen story. Lovely boy, really. His twin sister was very outgoing and excitable, so I made Jordan more quiet and bookish, the less dominant twin. He was a bit of a wimp, I guess-- his sister would drag him into mischief, although he was very goody-goody and didn't like getting in trouble. But he was a nice kid.

    But when I actually started writing his story (as opposed to roleplaying him), he changed drastically. I was thinking of how a boy who grew up as Harry Potter's son might feel slightly inferior, and after that, he morphed into a totally different person. The first thing to go was the glasses, and then his personality changed (this has nothing to do with the glasses, though.) The new Jordan is moody, not in an angsty!Harry kind of way, but quietly so. He's a very repressed and isolated person who doesn't often share his emotions, and who speaks in a low, flat voice-- this was an evolution from the quiet and shy kid he was before, as the new Jordan is much more inwardly focused rather than simply shy-- but once in a blue moon, he'll just explode, he can't take it anymore, and he's just plain scary when that happens. He is a complete perfectionist, extremely intelligent, and works extraordinarily hard in everything he does, but he's not just the nerdy little boy he was before. He's working to achieve the image of someone who's extremely smart and responsible, make a name for himself that differentiates him from his father. However, although he really is brilliant, his true love is music, something that not many people know, and he is NOT wimpy anymore. He's quite strong-willed, and a very dignified and powerful presence. I love Jordan, and although he sounds like an emo here, he really isn't. He's a marvellously complex, multi-layered and slightly dark character (I won't give away the story to tell you something shocking he did) who is a joy to write and interesting to watch evolving.

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    Do you ever find that your characters start to boss you around?
    Yes! Now I know that there are other crazy people like me out there! I used to always have that problem, but it's gotten easier to deal with now that I know the characters better. As for OC's? They can be pretty tricky...

    Have you ever started writing a story with specific intentions, but your characters refuse to cooperate?
    Yes, but it's quite easy for me to think up another circumstance that works out in the plot.

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    Just Tink
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    I think everybody has a character like this. My character Cassandra in one of my stories went through this. She was supposed to be naive and cute and shy and have all of the fandom feeling sorry for her. Instead, she's snobby and a little rude and stands up for herself now and again, making reviewers write 'she's so dense!' instead 'poor little girl, I wish she wasn't so depressing!'

    When a character does this, I just go with the flow. Trying to keep them the way you want them only leads to disaster and (possibly) tears.

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    tbsbooboo
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    Quote Originally Posted by some_kinda_superstar
    Do you ever find that your characters start to boss you around? Have you ever started writing a story with specific intentions, but your characters refuse to cooperate?

    I have often found that characters I write take on a life of their own. They do things I don't want them to do, and take on character traits I never intended for them. Quite often a story will come out completely different to how I originally planned it, simply because one or more of the characters had a will of their own.

    So, does this happen to anyone else, or am I just crazy?

    I feel like tha happens all the time! I am always getting frustrated at my characters for not doing what I want, but in the end I give up, and usually like the direction the take me in!

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    Hufflepuff at Heart
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    Hmm, yes, I'm starting to have problems with an OC character myself. I normally stick to the characters we already know, but for this story I needed to invent a new one.

    She was never meant to be an important character; she was simply there to antagonise Lily and inconvenience the Marauders from time to time. She was a gossip-monger, who worshipped the ground at Sirius' feet and thrived in company.

    In other words, she was more a cypher than a real person. And I was going to leave it at that.

    But then I looked at Beth Williams, and I felt kind of sorry for her. I had just left her as an obstacle for the main characters to climb over. She didn't have any real personality. So I decided to delve deeper. Now, I'm not saying that what I found was a huge improvement. But I discovered things like the absent parents who felt extravagant presents were an appropriate replacement for their love; Beth's yearning to go to Beauxbaton instead of Hogwarts; her insecurities about being alone. I mean, I'm still adamant that she isn't going to get Sirius; she is far too stuck up for him and I can't imagine her learning enough to ever change her ways, but now I feel kind of sorry for her. She's spending seven years of your life chasing after someone who will never return her affections.

    Now, when I look at the story, I look at ways to show Beth's more human side. And this is for a character who was simply meant to pose a problem to them from time to time; more of a Pansy Parkinson than anything (I do not mean the Pansy in fandom; I simply mean that in the books she is relatively underdeveloped.)!

    Well, I suppose it's not a catastrophe, but it certainly did put Beth Williams in a light I had never imagined before! I imagine that some of it has to do with the fact that I'm relatively inexperienced when it comes to writing OCs... I have far more planned about her now than I was ever going to give her screen time for. Oh well...

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    Originally Posted by some_kinda_superstar
    Do you ever find that your characters start to boss you around? Have you ever started writing a story with specific intentions, but your characters refuse to cooperate?

    I have often found that characters I write take on a life of their own. They do things I don't want them to do, and take on character traits I never intended for them. Quite often a story will come out completely different to how I originally planned it, simply because one or more of the characters had a will of their own.

    So, does this happen to anyone else, or am I just crazy?
    I have this problem but with canon characters writing themselves into my stories. The co-op challenge I had never intended for Snape to be in the story, but he wrote himself in. Thankfully, he behaved himself.

    The story I just wrote from one of my class finals, Fred and George hijacked the story. And now, I have Lee Jordan forcing his way in.

    I decided not to fight them. They probably know what it right for the story. I just let them go and type what they tell me to.

    It can be fun...
    Terri Black (as in Mrs Sirius {aka Padfoot} Black)
    Hufflepuff Head of House


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    leahsm2
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    Lucius Malfoy has become my go to character for some reason! I love writing him, but he really pops up more often then intended! I want to focus on Sirius Black and get something done on him, but he will not cooperate! I didn't mean to segue into illusive characters, but bossy ones tend to make it hard to work on ones that are not so simple for you to write!

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