One of the exciting things that can happen when writing a book is when a character tells you a secret about his past that you—the writer-- knew nothing about. In the book I’m working on now, I have a character, the foreman of the ranch, who surprised me. As he was talking to the hero, he said something that shocked me. He has cancer.
After I wrote that scene I went to the gym to exercise between sessions of writing, I got to thinking about what Ollie (the foreman) revealed. It made perfect sense. And his situation makes my heroine’s life even more desperate.
It is an exciting thing for a writer to be surprised by their characters or discover a secret that they are keeping and will only reveal it when they must.
I am not unique in this. It happens to most writers, but it is a fun experience when it happens. Now, I’ll admit I don’t directly talk to my characters, but in their own way, they speak to me.
I know that sounds strange, but I never claimed I wasn’t.