It's not my story. It's their story. Sure, I still manipulate certain things and throw them into situations they don't want to be in (I can be an evil puppetmaster when I want to be--mwahahahahaha). But everything that happens after that is up to them. I let them into my head, let them talk to me, listen to their music, think like them, sometimes even talk to them (but only if I'm alone--wouldn't want my husband to worry). ;)
Which makes writing fun, and not so fun all at the same time. Because, see, I have a lot of very different characters. Some I love so much I wish they were real. Some crack me up. Some break my heart. And...unfortunately...one absolutely scares the crud out of me. My villain.
Scariest freaking character on the planet, and I avoid working on anything villain related as long as possible. But the time has come.
I'm to the point where I have to let my villain into my head and let them run the show so I can figure out what mayhem they want to cause. I have to switch to my "Villain Playlist" on my ipod (all screaming rock music with dark lyrics). I have to try to think like them and feel what they feel.
It's NOT going to be pleasant. There WILL be nightmares.
But it's all part of the process so I just have to suck it up and do it. I survived it before, I can survive it again. And at least no one can say I don't sacrifice for my art. :)
How about you guys? Any of your characters scare the snot out of you? Any suggestions for how to deal? Or am I the only crazy one out there?
Apparently my "Pre-Famous Author Interview" is live. *blushes* (The name of the interview puts a lot of pressure on me to actually become famous now. *sighs*) If you want to learn some embarrassing/weird things about me hop on over to Anne Riley's blog to check it out.