K is for Know, Knot, and Kernal
or are they all the same thing?
I often use the expression 'A sort of Knowing' when I 'know' something I've never known before, never heard of, never read, never researched. I mean how could I if I never knew about it? And yet, suddenly, that 'knowing' is there, fully formed and in an unexplicable way, totally logical and practical.
It may be I meet someone, and I get that kind of 'I know you, from somewhere,' and yet at the same time I know I've never physically met them in my life before.
Story plots can be a little bit like that. At least for me, they are. They often turn up out of the blue, fully formed, but that doesn't mean I'm a plotter! Oh no! If I try to go down that route the idea evaporates into a mist of disallusions and confusion.
And what about my characters? They, too, usually turn up full of their own importance and determined to have their own way. I can almost see them approaching, huddled together in a knot of goals, plots and subterfuge. Oh, and don't forget about love. After all I am an author of romance!
With the third choice, I cheat, oh yes, I'm becoming more like my characters every day. They turn up and say one thing and turn out to mean something else entirely!
So for 'Kernal' read 'seed'. The 'seed' of an idea, given to me by my characters who then delight in turning everything upside down when I start following the seed they've planted in my mind!
Are you a 'plotter' or a 'panster' kind of author?
Who controls the sory, you or your characters?
Do you deviate from the original 'design' of your story and if so, what are the consequences?
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