on Lisa Poisso site:
When a manuscript isn’t firing on all cylinders, there are so many ways to shift responsibility: Characters that run away with a life of their own. Plotting systems that strip nuance and meaning. Agents who press for writing to market.
It’s not my fault, writers think; the characters (or this dumb outline, or my annoying agent) made me do it. None of the story problems would have happened if the idea hadn’t been poisoned from without. The author didn’t create this mess; the story is the result of those other things.
But something interesting happens when writers take back the power to shape their stories, free from outside influences. As story development consultant Jeff Lyons explains, this empowerment comes from taking ownership of the creative responsibility, becoming a conscious writer who drives the story every step of the way.