I wrote a blog entry a couple months ago refuting the idea that characters drive the stories, not the authors. Well, I’m willing to admit when I’ve misspoke, and in this situation, I did. A little, anyway. The take-away of that entry should have been that you’re the author, you should write the story you want to tell, and if your characters are moving it in a direction you’re not keen on, then change the characters. I stand by that.
Don’t you hate it when you think you’ve got a sure thing, only to realize that the people who matter don’t agree? Yeah, got my very first rejection in this wonderful world of publishing. I know, I know, get used to it. It’ll happen again and again. But this is a first for me — even you, oh seasoned author, had your “first rejection” experience, so please allow me to wallow for just a moment. (more…)