Happy Tuesday, folks, Doris here. I must admit I didn’t have the foggiest idea what to write about today, mainly because my head is full of my current WIP’s characters dictating their story. We’re still not at the end… Another 10 K or so might do it, lol.
And then it hit me, as I was giggling out loud on the school run—of all places—as they told me another upcoming scene.
It’s such a privilege to be able to tell a story. To have these characters in your head telling you what to write. To have that prime time view into their developing relationship. To share the highs and the lows, to want to smack the hero upside the head for being a domineering Alpha who can’t see the end of his nose at times, and to fall in love with him at the same time as the heroine does. To delve into their back story and get to know these two or three (ménage anyone?) people.
Some writers know their characters inside out before they start writing a story. They have it all mapped out, and while they may deviate from the ending they envisaged, they pretty much stick to their outline.
I’m not one of those authors. I’m a pantster through and through. I discover things about my characters as I write them. When you, the reader, gasp—well hopefully you’re not throwing your e-reader against the wall in disgust, eh 😉 —I’ll have been right there too while I was writing. I call them the Aha moments, those sudden insights into why a character acts like he/she does, and it all makes sense.
The moments where I giggle to myself, or indeed shed a few tears or have to turn the fan on because it suddenly got too hot in the room.
Those moments make writing such fun, and why I keep writing.
We can all forget how much of a privilege it is to be able to not only draft these, stories, but to then have them accepted by a publisher, and to have readers fall in love with these characters you created.
Though, I’m not really sure I do create them. To me, they are very real, and I’m simply the author they chose to tell their story.
With that in mind, I best get back to my current couple.
That’s all from me today.
Do stay naughty, folks.