Although we are still very much into Mass Effect: Andromeda, I decided I should do something a little more constructive than playing a video game. It hasn’t been all play though. We’ve worked on book 2 of the Magna Luctus series. Book 1, The Hunt, isn’t out yet, it’s still being edited and changed a bit as book 2 progresses. We’ve also been editing Hartland book 4 and have come up with a name for it finally! It’s called The False Gods.
Anyway, I wanted to talk about how writing allows the author/writer to be in control of everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Sure, your characters can go off and do something you didn’t expect, but it’s your choice to go with it or change it to something else. More often than not, we go with it, even if it works us into a bit of a corner. It’s at these moments, your writing gets real creative.
The control comes from being able to add anything into the story you want. Someone wronged you in the past, you can put that in a book. Although we do recommend caution with that! Be absolutely certain it’s something you want to put in there, and be absolutely certain to include something like this at the beginning of the book: This is a work of fiction and a product of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or situations is purely coincidental. As authors, I believe a lot of our characters and things are based on real life. Experiences give us things to write about, even the unpleasant ones. If someone didn’t want that experience to go down in writing, they should have treated you better. At least, that’s our opinion.
We love that writing gives us control over things in our books that we don’t necessarily have control of in our lives. We can create people and make them act how we think people should act; with kindness and forgiveness. We can also create people on how we’ve experienced others acting. There’s a lot of cruelness going on in the world right now, which can give writer’s plenty of fuel. I choose to try to see the good in people. Try to see the reasoning in why someone would do these things. Sometimes it isn’t pretty, but it helps as an author to understand characters which may end up in one of your books. Evil is a perspective.
Just remember, when writing, you have control over everything that happens. I find it therapeutic. I also think it’s why there are sooooooo many romance novels out there… Just saying.