Outsmarted Again

There is one character in Hapax who consistently outsmarts me. I need an outline while writing, but it’s usually pretty loose; there’s plenty of room for intuitive leaps. It just seems to happen more often with this particular character – she’ll do something, and I’ll go along with it, and then I see what she was up to several chapters later.

She’s done it again.

There was always one little detail about her that bugged me. The more I developed the world and the characters, the more it seemed like an inconsistency. But I never changed it. I wasn’t sure why, but I knew I shouldn’t, even if it seemed to contradict the rest of the character as I knew her.

Last night, I got fed up, and thought to myself, Well, WHY is…?

And she told me.

Turns out that it’s got fairly important implications for another project, and links back to a lot of history that happened before the events of Hapax… and the writing I’m working through now.

That feeling of delight and amused exasperation never gets old.

Posted on March 31, 2012, in Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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