You remember the moment in ET. Loose objects begin to shiver and tremble on the table. Little Gertie (Drew Barrymore), not a little concerned, says, "Something's hap-pening..." This is a little different, no objects floating around here, nothing's moving, but .... there's something like a shadow that I don't understand... an Unknown drifting in like a cool draught. If Gertie were here with us now, she'd say exactly the same thing, in exactly the same way. Writers of fiction, you've had it happen, too. Characters gain a life of their own! And are not writers, to a degree, control freaks? You can certainly say that about me. I'm the Creator, they're the characters. I'm in charge here, this is my story, and this is what's going to happen. Do they understand? For the first example, you need to know I'm not a parent. I don't spend much time with children. You need to know this. The other day, I created a new character, to ride along with my other adult characters. An eight year old kid. One of the adults was teaching the girl, as adults often do. The child interrupted with an innocent question. When he tried to correct her, to explain, he gradually realized that he couldn't. She wasn't entirely wrong. An 'Out of the mouths of babes' kinda moment. I was startled. That didn't come from me, it came from the kid! Next example is from earlier this afternoon, during my walk to Starbucks. My main character asserts herself. (Since I walking, she didn't wait to be written). Look, you're the writer, I know, I get that. I also get that you see me as fiction, which is a little depressing to be honest, but I can roll with that. That's not the important part here. I don't want you to take this personally, but... how do I put this... I know me a lot better than you do. A lot more! But to -- -- Hold that thought! I'm not finished. You need choose to trust me. It's a respect thing, too. But I'm saying that if you trust, I can show you a whole new world. She caught herself. Oh god that sounds so cheesy-Disney. Anyway, you know what I mean. Those little moments that surprised you? Those little things we've said or done -- you are so lucky you got those moments at all, you're so controlling! Force a story by will, try to micromanage us, it's all lost, because you will have choked us dead. You are always our Writer. Give us attention, listen and follow me and the other characters, trust us, and I promise you, it will be Joy of Discovery! It was like the Creation Story, but now Eve, putting her foot down, had given God new ground rules. I'm going to have to process this.