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Frequently Asked Question: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

Hi, everyone. Here’s this month’s question from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

eyeThe 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.


Eye Of The Storm Cover_revisedI 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!

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