I’ve been writing up a storm on my original fiction lately, and I’ve discovered something: it’s really fun to hang out with your own characters!
I just spent a lot of last weekend writing a truly despicable character. He’s really awful. Really. And yet—not going to lie—writing some of that character’s dialogue was pretty fun. I’m going to have even more satisfaction when I get to do something horrible to him at the end of the book. I’m smiling right now just thinking about it, in fact!
But it’s not just the villians. Diving into original fiction is like creating your own set of friends on the playground. There’s the girl you always wanted to meet, because she’s just so cool and fun. And there’s the girl you always hated, just a little … or a lot. There’s the dreamy guy you can fantasize about, and the one that makes you crack up laughing. (Sometimes, if you’re lucky, they’re the same guy. Maybe that’s just me.) There’s a few characters that you know have a lot more to say, but you’re just going to have to wait and find out what might happen. After all, they may need their own book if they’re too mysterious.
In short, if you’ve been tossing around the idea of creating your own fictional playground, do it!
Because me and my characters, we’re having a blast.
Yeah, even the bad guy.