In a previous posting, I explored the strengths of the character-driven writer. Today I am exploring one of the pitfalls many character driven writers face:
- Finding yourself overwhelmed by the chaos of creativity of the early stages of the creativity.
Antidote: Don't Despair.... Don't Give up. Understand the Power of Creative Chaos and Learn to Swim In It. Trust that you will not drown so long as you go with the tide, even if when draws you into whirlpools!
How is this played out with our characters?
Don't force your character to be someone who they are not!
Quite often, our characters turn out different than who we expect and want them to be. Following characters into uncharted territory feels daunting and/or dangerous. Following them feels like being thrust into chaos. The answer again is trust: trust your characters and follow them wherever they want to go. Don't try and force them to be someone they are not! This get easier the more you do it. And it makes writing more fun!
If you are stopping your characters from being who they truly are, there is a good chance you are afraid of the chaotic unknown into which they might lead you.
Learning to swim in creative chaos is difficult for everyone, both the character driven and the plot driven writer.
Explore my article and audio on The Power of Creative Chaos.
Explore my book: The Art of Fiction Writing or How To Fall Down the Rabbit Hole Without Really Trying. This is a workbook that takes you, step-by-step, into discovering first what stops you from writing the stories you hunger to write and then opening up characters, even the ones you feel you can never write, and become a fearless writer, one who easily swims in the chaos.