doing terrible things

She’s in trouble. A character in my novel, you see. Perhaps I’ve grown so attached to her that I want to keep her safe. But what would I be keeping her safe from? My imagination–a terrible thing indeed. Of course, I know she doesn’t really exist. There is the fictional world and the real one and most of the time I know the difference…

It is so hard to write some things.

Then again, maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic and too in love with my own story. Could be. Easy to accuse a writer of being self-absorbed and possessed with huge egos–hey, few things please us more than spending vast amounts of time in our own heads, creating a world as we want it to be. I don’t think that’s all there is to it, but right now I’ve got a scene to write.

4 thoughts on “doing terrible things

  1. I have a certain story that is STUCK because I don’t want anything unpleasant to happen to the main character. I love his young voice and want to see him grow and develop, but I’m having a hard time mustering up the courage to write his full story. I feel very protective of him (or protective of myself, perhaps?).

    So that story is going nowhere…and what good is that?!

    Keep on keepin’ on!!

  2. I don’t write fiction so this idea is new to me. And yet it makes so much sense.
    We want to protect our flesh and blood children, even as we know they need to step out and take risks and get skinned knees. So of course we would feel this way about our writing babes as well.

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