Writers are weird creatures. We all know it. We all agree.
I thought I’d give you a glimpse of my creative process and show you a series of messages I sent to Katie today…
It went something like this:
APPARENTLY, ROGER IS ALIVE
AND HE SEEMS SUPER NICE
I REALLY WANTED HIM TO BE DEAD
HE’S GONNA RUIN EVERYTHING
why can’t these characters just do what I want
I NEEDED roger to be dead
and now he’s not
Non-writers have a hard time understanding this phenomenon. I’ve often had friends and family say something like “Just make them do what you want. You’re the writer.”
I try. I really do.
But it doesn’t work.
In the inimitable words of L.M. Montgomery, “Now she [Anne Shirley] would be jubilant over a brilliant idea, now despairing because some contrary character would NOT behave properly. Diana could not understand this.
‘MAKE them do what you want them to,’ she said.
‘I can’t,’ mourned Anne. ‘Averil is such an unmanageable heroine. She WILL do and say things I never meant her to. Then that spoils everything that went before and I have to write it all over again.'”
These lines always make me laugh. Because my mother has said the EXACT same thing as Diana. “Just make them do what you want.”
I only wish I could.
If that were the case Roger would be deader than a doornail right now.
But he’s not. He’s alive. And he’s nice. And I hate him for it.
P.S. I’m not crazy. I only condone the murder of characters in books.
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