Writing is Hard (Pt. 2)

Well, you lucky people are getting two blog posts today! Granted, that’s because I didn’t post anything yesterday. It wasn’t even that I forgot to write a post, I did it yesterday afternoon! But my phone takes forever to load stuff with the crappy service I get in my office building, and I got distracted and just completely forgot to upload my last post.

Anyway! On to today’s topic

For today, I’d like to return to the idea: Writing is Hard.

I’ve sort of kind of got an inkling of an idea for a story, but I need a main character, and she is simply refusing to name herself, and she can’t seem to pick her style.

Side note, I love this habit of authors, treating their characters as if they’re making the decision. Like, it’s not me that can’t think of a name for this character, it’s the fact that the character is being stubborn. And it’s not me that can’t settle on how I want her to look, it’s the character who’s indecisive!

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UPDATE! Since this is a stream-of-consciousness sort of blog, I don’t want to erase what I wrote above. But I stepped away from my computer for a few minutes, and I finally thought of a name!

And I have to say, it’s the most fabulous feeling. I have no idea where this story is going to go, or even if it’s going to go anywhere at all, but now I have some building blocks. I have a main character, I have an idea for the beginning, and I even have thoughts about two side characters I want to include.

And yes, I am being as vague as possible. That’s for a couple reasons. There’s a small part of me that is extremely possessive of my story ideas, and I don’t want there to be any chance of anyone taking them, or making suggestions about the plot so that it no longer feels like it’s just mine.

Mostly, though, I don’t want to be held accountable to these ideas. I may scrap some of them, I may change others, or I may completely abandon the project altogether! So, in my opinion, it’s best just to keep it to myself. Well, myself and my boyfriend. I have to use someone as a sounding board, and my cat doesn’t much care for it when my laptop is in her spot, so I think she’d try to sabotage me.

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