Ever watched a good movie, only to cringe at some of the things done by the characters? I've sat there and thought "No! I would have done something much different!" The hero and heroine would/would not have done such-and-such, etc.
That's the beauty of writing my own stories. I can and do make my characters do/not do such-and-such! They go out and do things I want them to do. They say the right things, do the rights things...not necessarily the right thing in my eyes, but it's what I want them to do.
So what happens when they won't do as I want them to do? Some people tell me they're my characters, I can make them do whatever I want, but it's not that simple.
There I am, writing away, when suddenly I realize the characters aren't doing what I was planning. Somehwere along the way I lost control and the characters are running with the story. Their own way.
Does this sound nutty? Believe me, before I started writing, I would have thought so! But now I know how cunning characters can be, how devious, how they can be good little people doing what I want them to do, and as I immerse myself further and further into the story, I suddenly realize that my good little people have taken on a life of their own. The plot is suddenly not so straightforward, that shouldn't have happened, good gravy - did she really say that...and the best? Who the heck are you and where did you come from? How did another character get into my story?
This happens because as I write, I live my story. I see it all unfolding, I feel the emotions, I've even had a good blubber when writing a heart-wrenching scene, finished it at 6 in the morning because I couldn't stop writing I was so involved, wiped my eyes, hiccuped and said "Damn good scene!"
So writing, for me, is a bit of an adventure, because even though I have my basic plot outline, I know anything can happen along the way to change that plot a little. I always wonder what unplanned character is going to be created with just a few key strokes, and how my original charaters are going to react to the whole thing.
Reading is an adventure, but so is writing! And I love it...even though it does drive me up the wall sometimes LOL.
hoo roo for now!