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Okay, so since my theme for this challenge is all about likable characters, I decided my post for "Y" should be about "your" favorite characters. It could be the ones you write about, read about or even the ones you enjoy on film.
I read a post this week that prompted this post. It was from USA Today & New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley and it was titled Character and Control. If you get a chance, I recommend reading it. There are some interesting perspectives on this subject. Ashley writes about how she lets her "characters tell the story" and goes even further to explain how her process works. (For those interested, I interviewed Ashley nearly two years where she spoke about one of her highly acclaimed characters, Lord Ian Mackenzie.) At the end of the day, everyone has their own process, which brought me to my next series of questions.
Plot, suspense, pacing etc... are without a doubt imperative, but what happens when you have characters that are not likable? Or better yet not memorable? Do you let your characters tell your story? Or do you prefer to control them? What's your process and what works for you?