Poets know that poems are songs, but few of us realize that novels are too.
~ from Walter Mosely’s book, This Year You Write Your Novel
Although I don’t hear it quite clearly, I’m definitely going with the flow of something. There are rhythms to the actions of the characters. Even as I try to steer them, they move those individual cadences. So, I have to let them go in hopes of keeping them believable.
Otherwise they are contrived and unbelievable. Contrived characters in stories can be painful to read. Characters that are made to do things contrary to their nature, just to make something else fit, are really annoying. As my story works itself out, I’m on guard to respect the rhythms.
What do you look for as you write a novel? Are there sticking things in books that put you off?