Party Crashers

If you’re a writer flying the Camp Pantster flag over your computer, you know that your WIP often surprises you with plot twists and turns. But what happens when a Party Crasher walks into the room?

Exactly what my Pardon Falls Party Crasher would say.

Exactly what my Pardon Falls Party Crasher would say.

Because the Muse – like Father – knows best, you welcome this new character with open arms.

Writing a story is sometimes like a flood. As the piece gains momentum, you pick up new characters along the way. These characters are very organic, feeling like they are part of the tapestry you’re weaving. The Party Crashers are a bit different. These characters can be major game changers, catalysts to the story.

My own personal Party Crasher came to me several months ago. She’s going to be a POV character in my third novel, but I should have known that when she started speaking to me out of turn, she’d show up in Pardon Falls.

I already know that in book 3, she’s going to be an antagonist to Amanda, my main character. She’s not a bad guy, quite the opposite, she’s in law enforcement – which doesn’t bode well for Amanda considering she’s on the run. But this new character, Fallon, is more than an external antagonist, she ignites something in Amanda – doubt, determination and jealousy.

That’s quite a load for a character to carry. Which could be why the other day, while driving to work, Fallon revealed to me that she doesn’t want to wait her turn. And, when I asked how in the world this was going to work, she showed me the way … which cruelly, adds to Amanda’s jealousy.

Party Crashers in writing aren’t like those who show up at your party to drink your good wine, double dip in the ranch dressing and flirt with your boyfriend. They can show up bearing incredible gifts for your story.

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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4 Responses to Party Crashers

  1. Robyn Short says:

    I love your words. You have such a way with them. PS: Fallon was childhood lifeguard idol. I love this character already.

    • Kimberly Packard says:

      Thank you!!! 🙂 I’ve always liked the name Fallon. Here’s the thing I love about her name, Fallon means from a ruling family and her last name is also the name of a type of rifle (Weatherby). She comes from a long line of law enforcement. I totally got chills when I looked up the meaning of her first and last name.

  2. Chrissy says:

    Well. I am quite familar with Party Crashers like this. I have a “vic” in my WIP, Chance Collision, that was supposed to end up dead. But then he told me to put the breaks on that. His POV has come out of the blue for me. But…its taking an okay turn so far. Yay Muses! And Pansting rules!

    • Kimberly Packard says:

      Those are the best – it’s the moment when the story is truly its own and not something we came up with. Yes, Pantsing rules! (Remind me that later when I’m beating my head against a wall, will ya?!)

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