Yesterday I was at physical therapy and the therapy student who was working on my hand asked about my writing. I brought up a story that I heard from a favorite author. When she was writing one of her novels she had a villain who was not redeemable. Then she realized that a female character was falling in love with the villain. The therapy student stopped me at that moment and said, “Don’t you choose who falls in love with who?” My response: “No.”
To be a good writer, you need to listen to the characters. It is their story, not yours. You are the care taker of the story. It shouldn’t matter what the public says. Be true to the characters and to the story. By so doing, you stay true to yourself.
For those who would like to read the experience I spoke of, here is the link: