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My writing journey has begun. The road will have some bumps and detours. I only hope that the first hill is not too high, and the journey is long.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy Friday!  I am working on a new story while I am waiting to hear on my submissions.  My main charachter keeps yelling at me and saying:  "YOU ARE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!  YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!  I WANT TO DO IT MY WAY!"  Which I find kind of funny.  I thought I was.  Am I not the one who created you? 

So, with that in mind I took a step back and did some rethinking.  Was I pushing my character around?  Was I being a dictator or a coach to my character?  What I really wanted to be was a coach.

We may create our characters, but it is their journey in our story.  They each have problems conflicting with their own goals.  They already had plans before our story interupted their lives and made them change course.  They weren't just sitting around waiting for something to happen. 

Today, I will be getting back to my story and my character.  I will challenge him to do his best.  I may not always see him as he sees himself.  But, I will coach him to be the best he can be and make sure that he has self-assurance, self-discipline, courage and a sense of humor.  Hopefully, with all this I will have created a character who is believable and can stand on his own.

Enjoy your weekend!


Susan Barclay said...

Love it! Those characters say the darndest things, don't they?!

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I think it's great when they talk back. Good luck as you return to the story and the character.

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Character building is sooo hard! But if you're character says that to you then maybe he would say it to other characters too?? I say use it to create conflict and make him a rich character??

Cassam said...

I've decided to try writing a childrens story.I have just started with not much idea but just wrote and waited to see what would come.Later I will develope the charcters,I don't even have proper names yet but we'll see what happens.

Maeve Frazier said...

Susan - They do. I am glad I am starting to listen. I find it turns my stories in a new and better direction.

Stacy - Thanks! I hope we all have a successful year!

Pat - That is a great idea! Thanks for the tip.

Anne - I will be at the front of the line when your story comes out.