MISC: Do what extent do NON writer characters have free will?

Scott Eiler seiler at eilertech.com
Mon Jun 4 18:22:01 PDT 2012

On 6/3/2012 10:21 PM, Martin Phipps wrote:
> On 6月4日, 上午10時32分, Scott Eiler<sei... at eilertech.com>  wrote:

>> It's not just a problem for characters who know they're fictional.
> Indeed.  I hear people talk about "God's plan" for example.  People
> say "God has a plan for all of us".  They also say that "God gave us
> free will".  I find it impossible to reconcile those two statements.
> If I, as a writer, have a definite plan then the characters in my
> stories do not have free will.

Ah, but there's no shortage of Writers who'll let their characters have 
input to the story.  It's a pretty poor Writer who can't adapt the plan 
if need be.  The good ones even improve the story that way.

>> In my favorite storyline, I've had three characters (Ellipsis, Wyatt
>> Ferguson, and Kristi the Animal Girl) who've been to the future
> That's another problem.  If it is THE future and you cannot change it
> then you don't have free will.  Nobody would have free will.  People
> would only believe they had free will because they had not seen the
> future.

Ah, but is it really THE future?  My characters live in a continuum with 
alternate *presents*, so they naturally expect alternate futures.  It's 
probably quite surprising to them that their Higher Power keeps driving 
them toward *one* future.  You may recall from various comments of mine, 
their Higher Power was kind of surprised it turned out that way too.

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