One of these instances happened while I was writing The Cost of Second Chances. The character, Edmund, was just to be there as a support man to add muscle and brain. He grew and developed into a character who is demanding a book of his own. I never saw that coming a mile away. I have to admit that I struggled against it. I had my idea of where the story was going, and this was not part of it. But the muse always wins.
My story changed slightly as my character grew. While the main plot continued as usual, this character took on a larger and larger role that gave the plot new dimension and life. He brought something to the creative writing table I did not see coming. I loved it, I just wasn’t prepared for it. So, what did I do then?
I let him grow.
Never hold your character back when he or she wants to spread out their wings and discover the creative world of your imagination. You would lose out on so much. Let them go where they want and watch your story develop into something so much bigger than you had imagined. I actually found beta readers asking for more about Edmund. They want a story devoted mainly to him. From a supportive role to the lead man is a huge step and one he deserves.
I do plan on Edmund having his own story. I haven’t started writing it yet, but it is dancing around in my head waiting on other stories to get through the writing queue. Until the muse demands me to turn my attention to it, I’ll let Edmund develop his own story and then he can tell me about it.