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The Trouble With Characters

The trouble with characters is they develop voices of their own.

And lives,

lives you’re no entirely certain you choreographed

as you watch them dive-bomb your plot lines

in a manner most unexpected.

They start to get ideas…

often late at night

just as sleep approaches,

that’s when they leap!


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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. I love the way you say characters develop their own voices I am writing a book and my lead character she already has her own voice its like I can here her voice as I am writing I find my self thinking about her while I am trying to go to sleep at night my blog has really helped get my creative juices going also

    • I know what you mean. I sometimes find myself having conversations with my characters to help me resolve plot issues and quite regularly I find my best ideas pop up at the most awkward of times. I’m currently in the last three weeks of university and neck deep in assignments that have to be done but all I want to do is write another chapter of my novel!

      • Omg I know you what you mean I have a lot on my plate to but what I do I find it is easier to write on my down time I site down my thoughts on the chapter I am on on poststicks and on my down time I refer back to them for me I find it hard to turn of my thoughts on my book once my creative juices get going

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