I came across this on Pinterest the other day and I just love it! One thing that I learned when I started really focusing on my writing is that you can’t force a character to do anything.
Yes, you created that character and you may have had plans in mind when you started writing their story, but at some point that character takes on a life of their own and you can no longer steer them in the direction you want.
I have found so many times, when I am suffering from writers block, it’s not because I don’t want to write, but because I am trying to make my character do something he or she would not do. You can force it, sure, but it harms the story.
I say all this from experience. I am not saying that you CANNOT make your character do something, you can do what you want with your story. For me though, it is better to listen to my characters. I created them, gave them quirks that make them more realistic. When I try to make them do something that is against the person I made them, I am the one messing up.
Sometimes you just have to listen to the voices in your head because they know what is best. They know what they should be doing, better than you do. Or at least that is the case for me.
The thing about this quote is once a character does something opposite of what you wanted them to do, you can’t make them behave, they are the ones trying to bring you back in line. You are the one that needs to rethink what you are doing.
You and your characters will get along so much better if you just listen to their side of the story instead of telling them what their story should be. Part of being a writer is the thrill and ability to create a story on the spot.
That is all I have for you this Saturday. Tell me what you think. Do you agree or disagree and why? Let’s have a civil conversation about our opinions with open minds.