Creating your own playground

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.

Posted in Original Fiction, Writing.


  1. I’ve been having such fun building a world for characters to inhabit, but that’s mostly done, so I’m starting to put together the cast itself. How, you ask? People watching. Public transit is awesome for this. I see interesting-looking people, and I try to imagine who they are, and how they’d fit into this world I created.

    It’s fun like I never even realized was possible. 😀

  2. Hehe. I might have to start! The Small Boy has a fondness for trains, after all. Sadly, the public transpo around us is not very time saving for the mommy/writer/superhero-ninja hybrid in residence. 😉

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