Can You Relate?

I’m in Charge?

I have this character.
Let’s call him Joe.
He has taken my story
And won’t let it go.

When I tell him to pray,
He goes to a bar.
I forbid him to stray-
Oops, he just stole a car.

It’s making me crazy,
His idea of fun.
I said, “Be a cowboy.”
He came back as a nun.

He knows I’m in charge,
For I’ve made that quite plain.
Did I just hear him chuckle?
I’ve been under a strain.

But we reached an agreement,
At least I think so.
I’ll lead him wherever
He tells me to go.

-Bob Hargrove

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6 thoughts about "Can You Relate?"

  • Emma Calin says:

    Yup – that’s the way I write. Isn’t it supposed to be that way?

  • Jack says:

    Nice. I have a character like that in my second novel named Matty. She’s been driving me crazy. I tell her to stay and she goes. I tell her follow and she leads. She makes me want to tear my hair out! 😉

  • Krispy says:

    Story of my (writing) life. Thanks for this Friday laugh!

  • Juliana,

    I can so relate. In my first novel Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) I had a character, Claire Kincaid, who was SO determined to take over the book. she was not the protagonist. I did expand her role considerably, letting her go in the direction she wanted, but I could not let her completely take over the book. So I promised her that the second book in the Brands Crossing Series would be hers. I am currently finishing that book, Whatever Goes Around (Brands Crossing Series). Claire is totally in control there and leading me, and the readers, on a merry chase.


  • Kelley Lynn says:

    This totally sounds like my characters. I start with an idea of what I’d like to do and half a chapter in its going where the characters want 🙂

  • Rachel Frost says:

    Wow, I love that poem so much. I have to share this.

    It makes me mad when a critiquer says “You’re just making them do whatever’s convenient for the story,” because it’s SO NOT TRUE. I tell my characters to do something and they’re like, “nope,” and run the other way.

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