I had originally started with an entirely different story but still the characters were a handful of women, related and not going into detail of the planned but not yet written story, all very built personalities.
The story that ended up taking place, however and flowing fluidly still had these types of characters but without the focus I’d had for their intentions planned.
They flowed one by one and as they did at first I wrote them down…oh! There’s a new one! A name! and who she is…hello, you. It seemed to come about. I made a few notes about them at first to remember and keep consultancy in my writing throughout but as the writing continued they became familiar as though I knew them…as friends who we remember our conversations with, details about and names, their look and description but without having a need of note’s. So soon the side note’s were abandoned and sometimes the original state of their character changed, a sweet person might show anger perhaps but…such is life itself. One is different from time to time…in Writer’s Digest the month after NaNo I came across an article stating just this and felt, no matter how much I feel right about my tactic, a sigh of relief none the less and a “good job” treat thrown my way. In Writer’s Digest January 2016 issue Article “Rewriting The Rules of Dialogue” by Steven James states a fantastic piece in #7 on Rewriting the rule of keeping characters consistent, he writes “I used to agree with this until one day I overheard a man in his late 20’s talking on his cell phone in a hotel lobby. After a moment or two it became clear that he was a lawyer and was speaking with a client. He was articulate, spoke in complex sentences and sounded well versed in legal terminology. A few moments later he received a call that was obviously from an old college buddy. Suddenly, his entire demeanor changed. He was joking around and talking more like a frat brother than a law grad.” It goes onto say later that “dialogue needs to be honest for each character IN THAT Situation.” And the article later also speaks of characters becoming one dimensional.
Writing Behind The White Gate ended up meaning letting characters become introduced as people do in life, and over time.