Romance Writing Tip of the Day: #6
Written by
Yuwanda Black
March 2014
Written by
Yuwanda Black
March 2014

When Characters Start  to Speak


One of the things that's surprised me as a romance writer is that characters take on a life of their own and start to speak, as I mentioned in this tip. They really, really do -- as if they're real people walking this earth, NOT some imaginary people you made up out of your head.


So what do you do when this happens? Well, I've found that the best thing to do is to just go with it -- even if you have an outline that wants them to do something different. Why?


In my opinion, it's because the subconscious is a powerful thing, and it's this subconscious that's at work. In my writing, I've found that when I let characters do their own thing, the story comes full circle, making connections I never would have consciously thought of had I stuck to my outline.

And they're usually a big surprise to me. I've actually woken up in the middle of the night when the next piece of a story revealed itself to me going, "Really, that's what's going to happen?!" And then, I'll see connections from earlier parts and go, "Ohhhhh, now I see why "x" happened."

So give your characters their lead; when they want to say something, let them." You'll probably come up with a better story than you could  have written on your own.


As always, happy writing!

P.S.: Check Out the Amazon Top 100 Seller -- "Trapped by Desire." Read an in-depth excerpt at

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