Playing God

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A lovely writer friend, Patricia Lynne tagged me for this meme about how writers are the Gods of their little universes.  I have to admit, it’s probably one of my favorite things about writing. I get to make the landscape and setting, I get to dictate the weather, how long things take, what time of year it is, etc. I can make all my characters ten feet tall with ginger hair and five eyes.  That might make for a pretty funny looking character, but hey they’re my creations so I can have them look anyway I want.

Now, I know we’ve discussed before about characters having a mind of their own, and I find that is very true, but that’s not to say I can’t override their crazy ideas and actions. Admittedly, I don’t do that often. I much rather prefer to let the characters and their actions guide and lead the story.  Sometimes they come up with ideas that surprise even me! Go figure, right?

Ultimately, us authors, the God-like figure in the literary creation, has final say over what happens, when it happens and how it happens.  Some of us might use that power for good, and others for evil  but it’s our  story, our creation. We get to say what goes. The readers get to follow along and immerse themselves in the world the authors have created. They might not always like our choices, but I welcome them to come up with some fan fiction and make our characters work for them. Hmmm..would that make fan fiction authors demi-Gods?

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