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…When I am finished, of course.
When you start delving into the process of writing you’ll very quickly find some famous writer who talks about not being in control of his story. The story tells them what to do. Maybe they just start writing with no idea what’s going to happen or how it will end. Maybe the characters start doing and saying things that surprise the author. Someone who doesn’t write or even a beginning writer could be forgiven for thinking that’s a lot of crap. I mean after all, how could you not know? You’re the only one in there, hunched and muttering over your keyboard. You made up the characters and the world they inhabit. How could you not know?
Well on some level, a little below consciousness perhaps, I’m sure you do know. But when you have that first experience of the Muse (or whatever) taking over it’s pretty fun. Weird, a little creepy even, but fun. It feels like you’re really tapping into that Storytelling juice and it makes you feel like a real writer. It’s not all in the plus column though. If the story controls you and tells you what to do, you have to listen to it. Even if you don’t agree with it.
I’ve been working on what I though was a simple little short adventure story for…like…ever man. I write every day (pretty much) and it feels like I’m getting somewhere but it keeps not being done. Every two weeks I meet with my writers group and I say, “I’m almost done. Should have it next time.” Eventually they just give you Looks. You can’t quantify it either. First it’s 80% done. Then 90%. 95%. 97.5%. 98.789%. I could even live with 99%. That would be close enough that I would just lie and say I’m done. Ah, well. As problems go I guess it’s better than writer’s block.