Yesterday’s post was all about people putting words into the mouths of other people to get what they want.
Today I’m writing about the opposite because I have characters who exist only in my head who are trying to do the same thing!
With work on Saturday and a headache something awful yesterday it wasn’t a weekend conducive to great writing… any writing for that matter!
However, it did pass by late afternoon and I did manage to fit some writing time in last evening despite this little guy needing mommy-love time.
I passed the 30,000 word mark and I’m currently sitting at 32,182 words!
I’m getting very excited about it as I see the shape it’s taking and the characters are getting themselves into more trouble than I can get them out of right now. It’s currently an argument between myself and my main characters from both 1947 and from the present!
That’s four against one! Not fair!
My main female character from 1947 is now pregnant (her choice… already had that conversation) and her significant other is now arguing with me that he does not want to DIE… actually he’s demanding that the shot NOT be fatal… of course now there’s a baby on the way…
My main female character from the present decided to not heed her boyfriend’s warning about an old, unused chimney and started a fire in the fireplace and is now in hospital with smoke inhalation! Her boyfriend, who is new to the scene, is sitting at her bedside and is begging me to let him propose to her even though they’ve only known each other for a little over a week or so!
Oh how they run the show!
I realized a long time ago that this is not only what writing is about but it’s what characters do and I’ve never talked to another author who has experienced anything different yet it’s hard to explain to non-writers what it’s really like having characters come to life in our heads and then take the lead on the story. Yes, we create them but when we breathe life into them, things can change really fast!
It’s a lot like the movie Mannequin where Jonathan builds a mannequin out of the four basic parts… legs, torso & head and two arms… and sends her on her way only to find out that she comes to life and has her own story to tell!
As creator, I have some decisions to make as I become both judge and jury in both pleas and I try to sort out what will be what!