Monday, April 30, 2012

guest post: pens & a camera lens

Lovely Laura of Pens & a Camera Lens is here today.
One thing that's great about Laura's blog is how real it is. You can really sense who she is quickly. No hiding, no pretending. 
I like that a lot. 

Laura was kind enough to share a little behind-the-scenes peek of what it's like to be an author.
I’m in love with my own book character.

Let me explain, you see, I’m Laura, and my biggest passion in life is writing books. I’m no bestselling author, don’t get me wrong, but that doesn’t make me any less of an author.

You see, if you read books, you know how a well crafted character can really pull at your emotional strings, make you want them, make you cry for them, make you hate everyone in their lives for them. Readers thinks it’s frustrating when characters don’t do things the way the readers think they ought to.

Let me just say, readers have it easy. In order to be an author, you live with these characters in your head. Literally, I can’t get them out.

And, like any good author, of course my book is going to feature a very good looking guy that my main character is going to fall for – it wouldn’t be a great adventure if she didn’t.

That’s all nice and everything that she likes him, but no one ever told me what I was supposed to do when I fell for him.
See, my main character, Cassie, has it easy. I get to decide whether or not she get’s the guy.

Me? Well, I have no chance considering he’s a fictional character. As an author, I can’t blame Stephenie Meyers for having a crush on her own character, I just can’t.

After a while, readers will forget a character, find new ones to crush on, but as a writer, my characters will probably be stuck in my head until the day I die.

And there isn’t a thing I can do about it.

It’s really frustrating to be “in love” with my character and know that there probably isn’t a guy like him out there. And, I’ll probably end up marrying someone completely different from him.

It really sucks. It really does.

But honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

1 comment:

Mariella Cecilia said...

I agree so much with every bit of this. My head is full of characters that, even after I'm done writing about them, won't leave me be. Writers never get a day off. That's the beauty of it.