How do writers choose their characters? Do they sit down in front of their computers and decide which traits to mesh together to bring their latest creation to life? Or is it more Organic than that?
I’ve read about writers whose characters are practically beating down the door demanding to be heard. That’s a bit strange I thought - characters talking to you and controlling how the story goes. Pulease! I’m the writer, I’m the creator and I’m in charge!
These other writers that say their characters talk to them are not playing with a full deck. I’m not like that. I’m in control of all my faculties - or so I thought. My arrogance knew no bounds. Well, the realization finally hit me. In my fervent quest to free myself of writer’s block, I’ve gone off the deep end. I find that I’m fielding off a couple of characters who want to tell a story.
This complicates things because now I have to incorporate an added level of perplexity to my madness. My problem is that some characters are clearer than others. Their ‘voices’ if we can call it that, are stronger than others. This is new to me and I’m trying to figure out how to sort all this out and not have these new characters divert me from the stories I’m currently working on, without losing them in the process.
I’m more of a pantser than a plotter so I’m a little worried because if I don’t write things down right away the story dies. Also, I’m faced with the dilemma of choosing which characters get to ‘live’ and which don’t.
The best I’ve been able to do is create a spreadsheet to keep track of them but if I don’t write about them, their essence is lost – the story gone. I feel bad like I didn’t do enough and let them die.
Perhaps I should continue my journey knowing that not all characters make it in the end and concentrate on the one who have a chance to live.