Do Characters (And Sentences) Belong Only To One Story?
I was writing away on my new novel when suddenly the ex-husband from a novel I'd started and abandoned walked on.
He's my new favorite character, ever, and his insistent good cheer is going to make a great counterpoint to my confused, grieving heroine. I adore this guy. But how weird is it that he came over from the other novel?
It felt somehow wrong at first. Like he belonged only to the other story. But then I started thinking about it and realized, maybe he's been lying in wait all this time for the perfect place to insert himself. He's been waiting for his cue.
Is this weird?
Then I was sorting through old journals and found a sentence from a novel I wrote long ago, that has been lost to the sands of time: And then I watched him walk away from me one last time. I love that line. I know, I know, its pretty simple. But I still love it. And I may want to use it some day instead of burying it in a journal.
Or is there a normal for writers? Probably not.
This post is uncharacteristically short, without the usual "create a successful, inspired writing life" tagline because I want to hear from you. Have you had this experience? What do you think about transferring characters or lines from story to story? I'm all ears.
I'm hoping your responses will convince me I'm not crazy.