There is much debate in writing circles about whether the author writes the story or whether there comes a time when the character comes to life and does as they wish. While I know that without my fingers crossing the keyboard my characters do nothing, I have to say that I have times where my characters do something I’m not expecting. I believe that stories evolve in our heads as we write and our imagination may have a different storyline in mind than our brain did when plotting everything out.
For example, I was writing my assignment for class late last night. I’ve known since I started this assignment that my MC was going to move away to escape the pain of losing her husband. As I wrote, I realized she couldn’t do that. It was selfish and would have been devastating to her daughter. I was so certain she was going to move to another state and start a fresh life that it was hard for me to accept that she wasn’t going to move. Even though the story turned out better than I had planned, it was an odd feeling.
I wonder if that may be part of the reason I had so much trouble writing this assignment. For a month, I have been putting it off because every time I sat down my thoughts and words were frozen. Last night, I forced myself to keep going and once I wasn’t stuck to my original storyline, the words flowed. Hopefully that was the cause of my block and I will be able to write again! For the first time in a month, I’m looking forward to my afternoon alone at home so I can write.