Indulging in writing is an action which brings the mind closer to the art with each keystroke or
flick of the pen. To etch words into paper is only the medium in which we tell our stories to the world. These stories are products of our imaginations that we deem as boundless and deriving from tiny neutrons which float around our brain. Do we create the story?
Many writers including the horrific Stephen King claim that they do not create any stories. They simply discover a story, and interpret it to their readers. Sure this is no new spin on the writing curveball; storytellers throughout history observed situations in real life and elaborated to their kindsmen. Homer, the great Greek storyteller told all ‘true’ stories including the Illiad, and the tales of Troy.
This creates a strange reality; as writers do we actually make our own stories? I know, well, believe that I do. I spent hours formulating my stories and drafting plots, and sometimes I must admit my stories do tell themselves. My characters breath and act on their own free will, I can imagine them as if they were constructed of bone and tissue before me. So have I made these characters? Or merely discovered a plethora of characters which exist somewhere else?
So here’s my question to all my readers,
Do we as writers make our own characters? or are we merely discovering a world of characters and stories that we translate? I know the answer seems easy, but take a minute and reflect on your stories and characters that tend to tell themselves.