Usually, the more deeply involved I get with characters, the more ideas I get for the novel I’m currently revising. Sometimes all these ideas are a massive overload. My characters are constantly popping up and asking me to tell their stories – but lately it’s taken a whole new turn.
They want to tell their own stories. In first person. So I let them. I recommend that you let your characters out of the box once in awhile, too.
1. It’s good practice writing in first person.
2. You’ll get to know your characters better.
3. You’ll get to explore areas of your novel that will help you understand how it works as a whole (backstory, the same scene from a different character’s point of view…)
Keep the stories short. As soon as you get an idea for a new story, write it down. What I’m finding is that these little stories are very enjoyable to write. You don’t have to create entirely new characters or settings – explore the ones you have. Sometimes that’s even more fun than starting from scratch. 🙂