Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Found My Character

I've been, not only, neglecting my blog, but my writing has lapsed severely.  There are no excuses, as writers we have heard or whined them all. 

My sister-in-law, as a Christmas present, typed out a jar full of writing prompts for me.  This not only made me feel horrible about not writing, but it also, gave me the motivation to get my ass moving.  Especially, when you know that my sister-in-law is a Pentecostal preachers wife, and she wrote out a jar full of horror prompts.  Does she rock or what?!

I have had a story idea for awhile now, but have been struggling with my main character.  I have my notes for my idea sitting beside my bed and every now and then I take a look, but...nothing.  Then today, on my way to work, my protagonist came to me.  He was an unexpected delight.  The great thing about these moments are not only that they come sometimes unexpectedly, but that the character is not at all what I had thought of originally.  He's better. 

I am a firm believer in having a relationship with my characters.  I can love or hate them, but if I have no feelings at all, then the paper remains blank.  I wrote a few lines at work, when no one was looking, shhhh.  And then, on my way home, I had another break through.  I rushed in the house and went straight to some paper to write everything down.  It feels good to be writing again. 

Honestly, I was feeling a bit lost for the past year.  My characters, are awakening and thinking up some dark and devious deeds.  As for me, I'm starting to find my way again.