MISC: Do what extent do NON writer characters have free will?
lalo.martins at gmail.com
Sun Jun 3 08:49:06 PDT 2012
quoth Martin Phipps as of Sun, 03 Jun 2012 02:07:36 +0000:
> Rob Rogers brought up an interesting point on the writers group. How
> does a character in a fictional reality not go insane?
> I think a lot of it has to do with the writer. Say for example the
> writer has plotted the story out already. I mean, if the story is
> called The Death of Bad Timing Boy Part 1 then nothing Bad Timing Boy
> does in the story is going to make a difference. He might as well blow
> his brains out at the end of Part 1 and save himself the torment that is
> sure to come.
> On the other hand, if the author himself doesn't know where the story is
> going then the characters have a semblance of free will: any action by a
> character or even a line of dialogue could affect the course of the
> story. This is especially true in multi-writer cascades because the
> plans of any one writer don't mean much if another writer comes along
> and changes things.
Then there's the old claim some writers make sometimes that things
occasionally go in directions they didn't plan or expect. I know
certainly 58.5 “wrote itself” in a few ways that surprised me, and of
course the aborted “real world” plot in Minority Miss wrote itself into a
corner that I didn't know how to get out of.
I wonder if it could be interesting to explore that in-story.
-- Lalo “actually just a puppet of Paraddox” Martins
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