Sometimes I Don’t Have a Choice

I just wrote a brand new chapter to Twenty-Five that brought me to tears.  I’ve written a lot of emotional scenes before, but I’ve never cried while actually writing before.  There is just something about the pain my MC is going through in this chapter that hit my heart.  I want to help her, to make the pain go away, but she has to suffer.  I hate that she has to suffer, but she doesn’t have a choice.  I don’t have a choice.

Do you find that?  That sometimes you don’t really have a choice in the plot of your story, or the actions a character takes?  Sometimes I just can’t help what happens.  The characters have already decided for me and my only option is to write it down.  Even if I want to change it, I can’t.  They won’t let me.  When I try to change it, it doesn’t work, and I’m forced to write it the way my characters originally intended.

I’d love to hear from other writers on this.  Do others out there find that sometimes you just don’t have a choice in what happens to your characters?

6 thoughts on “Sometimes I Don’t Have a Choice

  1. My characters are always controlling my stories. And I have cried myself while writing and have also had fits of fury. That shows pure passion, that you’re completely immersed and just throwing yourself into the writing.

  2. It’s strange when they write it for you. Then you’re in the zone. When I wrote ‘Gymnasium,’ it was weird. I only intended to write a sentence, and the whole thing wrote itself. It was as if I blinked, and hours had passed, and there it was — finished and ready for posting.

    That happens to me more often than passionate fits or tears? It’s like I leave the room for a while and they take over.

    You said in another posting that you prefer to write by hand. I’ve only cried while writing by hand. I wonder if there’s something to that? We’re more present as writers when it’s by hand? Or we’re more analytical while typing?

    Just my scattered thoughts…

    1. interesting, because though I usually prefer to write by hand, the chapter I cried while writing was completely typed! I didn’t write a word of it down with pen and paper. Ineresting, very interesting…

  3. What I have found from reading about authors and the characters in their novels, is that these characters are usually based on aspects of their own personality, people they have encountered throughout life, or even people that they have also read about. Even if the characters are caricatures, or exaggerated aspects of their personality, they are still based on real people and real emotions. I think when authors try to create these characters outside of these experiences, that they come as too pretentious. And the reader finds it hard to connect to them. So its probably good that you do no deviate too from much these characters true nature. I guess it is good, to let them behave the way you think they would in reality. I am more of reader literature than writer, but it does sound like this will be a good book.

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