I always feel that we writers can be called Gods of our writing universe. Have you ever thought that we writers get to play God with our literary characters. We hold the strings of their destinies in our hands.
We have the power to breathe life into characters and bring them to life with the stroke of a pen, or, with the tap of a few keys. We are privy to all their secrets. We also have the means of ridding them of their problems quickly, or tormenting them for several chapters or even killing them.
In our writing universe we can do everything that we cannot do in the real world. Would we create problems in someone’s life like we do with relish in our protagonist’s life? I don’t think so. Do you think any of us can be accused of manipulating people in real life, in the way we manipulate all our characters? God forbid. None of us have a single mean bone in our bodies.
When we write, we become meanies. We shove aside our guilt conscious, and trouble and torture our characters mercilessly. The more we torture them, the higher the stakes rise. To make our characters believable we add heavy doses of problems in their lives. We try to create realistic worlds, create believable protagonists, add loathable antagonists, generously add conflicts of all kinds, and finally resolve it to universal appeal.
Deep down quite a few of our characters reflect our secret desires and passions. Even the not so nice ones. Can you believe it, I am actually jotting down ways I can make my protagonist get into more trouble. I am ensuring that there is trouble brewing in every chapter.
Are we writers closet control freaks? Is that one of the main appeals of writing? To be in complete control of every aspect of our character’s life? Or, do we love to create new worlds, new situations and new people? What aspect of writing appeals to you all the most? Do you like playing God with your characters? I would love to know.