Originally Posted by VydorScope
Well how I do it is...
"Billy Bob is very reactive, so if I put Billy Bob in this situation he would grab a bat and..."
So not sure how you would label that, but I see it as character driving the story.
I wouldn't say that: You
made Billy Bob a reactive character, and therefore you
drive his reaction when put into that situation.
Often, when I write a character, I might consciously base them on a particular TV or movie character... say, Sam Spade. That often makes it easy to say to yourself, "What would Sam Spade
do in this situation?" But the decision to base the character on Spade was still mine; and I can manipulate the goings-on around him until I can get him to do whatever I want, and still remain in character. I remain in control.