Have you ever heard that tiny, insanely loud voice in the back of your head screaming, “No one will like this, what are you thinking?”
Yeah, I think we've all been there.
It's not always easy to ignore that voice. It can actually be pretty difficult at times.
Sometimes we give in to that voice, become easy victims and crumble under its weight.
I've learned that you can pull out your hair, rewrite the same scene a million times in one night, and still when we doubt our characters, when we know this is what they would say or do and still we change our story, we change them because we think others won't love them, well, it just won't work.
In the end, if you force your characters to do something they wouldn't do, or make them say something you know they would never say, your story will never feel right.
It will never be true to yourself, or to your characters.
We have to write for ourselves. What makes our heart race and our stomach flip is what we should pour out into our story. The characters we know and love should be the burning flame in our desire to write.
We can't write for others.
Writing is about opening yourself up to the impossible, and believing that it is possible. Escaping this world and entering theirs—understanding them and breathing the same air that they do is where the love and devotion really is.
To me, that's the way to write; loosing myself in their magical realm and not questioning their emotions or actions, but trusting them, embracing the tale they’re sharing with me.
After all, our characters know their own story better than we do. We just have to listen.
If we just open ourselves up to them and listen, I bet they will amaze us in ways we never even thought were possible, they'll show us that nothing is impossible.
What about you bloggers? Do you ever second your characters? Your story?
Years have passed, time has flown by, yet we have remained the same, and I had a feeling we would be like this forever; lost in a love that was unfathomable to the rest of the world- Drake