The first day of the New Year is almost over…time continues to fly, which means I have decided to make the most of 2013.
One of my resolutions is to write consistently (something I have been reluctant to do for the past several months). My resolution is actually much more detailed, as I intend to set a plan in motion to motivate myself, and to improve in certain areas.
Anyway, something happened earlier today that gave me a new conviction to write.
I was watching the season 2 finale of one of my new favorite tv shows. The episode ended on a high note, although there were several cliffhangers that will lead into season 3. So, naturally, like any adoring fan, I decided to search for season 3 spoilers. Here is my advice: never, ever, search for spoilers. It’s better to be surprised during the new season than to be crushed beforehand.
I was truly crushed.
After having a little meltdown, I went to my room and decided that writing is most definitely what I want to do. For two reasons:
1. As an author, I have the freedom to write what I want, when I want, how I want.
2. I decide whether my characters will live or die. I decide which characters fall in love.
Being in control is a fabulous privilege – and the realization I had today that I can do nothing to change the fate of one of my favorite characters in my favorite tv show was terrible. However, I have the opportunity to create my own world, my own characters, and I have rediscovered the wonder in this opportunity.
Have you ever felt this way about a book, movie, or tv show (wishing you had the power to change it)? If you’re a writer, do you understand what I’m saying about having control?