I always envy those authors who, when asked in interviews where they obtain their inspiration for their story lines and character personalities, say: 'They lead me along their own path and I simply follow and write down what they tell me. I go where they want to go and do what they decide to.'
Well my characters don't do that - at all. They sit on my screen staring at me with plaintive looks on their blank faces [because I haven't given them features yet] saying, 'Well, don't just sit there - what do you want me to do? How should I think about this situation?' 'How do I feel about this? Do I laugh, cry, panic - what?' 'Where am I?'
They are like actors who keep asking what their motivation is for a particular scene and keep taking coffee breaks because they just cannot get into 'the zone'. I have to do everything, from pick their eye colour to organise their thoughts, politics, sexual proclivities and even dress them. They have no imagination or voice. I wouldn't mind if they argued with me a little, but when I get stuck, all I get is silence.
Where do I find characters who guide me, as opposed to lumps who sit down in the road and refuse to go anywhere? It ain't fair.