Any writer knows that you usually have multiple story ideas running through your head at any given time. Whether you’re actively working on more than one story is a whole other can of worms, but I think we can all agree that it’s entirely likely that there’s always more than one story brewing in the background of your mind. At least, that’s the reality for me.
Now the problem with that tends to be that I can never really settle on one story because the moment that I finally do, I tend to want to hop on over to another the second I hit a road block on the one I’m currently committed to – such is life. However, it’s become apparent to me that there is one set of characters that I’m continually thinking of all the time. Ironically, it’s the one book idea I don’t let myself touch because I very strongly feel that it’s a trilogy (so to speak) and although it’s complete on its own, I really want to write the first two books before I even touch this third one.
But, I’m not lying when I say I think of the two main characters all the time. I really do. Even if it’s just something as simple as overhearing a conversation that veers my mind in their direction – they always seem to be at the forefront of my writerly thoughts. It’s as if I’m continually bombarded by their presence and, when I’m not, I feel lonely and want to know what’s going on with them, so I revisit their story or imagine other escapades they’ll eventually go on – even if those adventures never get written down.
The point is, I’m so far gone with these two characters that it’s hopeless to try and pretend that they’re not my favorites. Yes, I think of my other characters from other stories very often and with more than just great fondness, but not nearly as much as I do these two. I’m just always so eager to imagine what’s going to happen and how they’re going to get through the various plot twists that I throw at them. In a lot of ways, I think that’s why I’m writing their story last, because I truly feel like I’ll have a little more than a lot of heartbreak when the day finally comes when I have to actually say The End to their amazing story.
Honestly, my mind rejects even the possibility.
It’s kind of like when you read a life altering book and you never want it to end. So you go to bed thinking of other ways the book may have been different if you changed one plot scenario or added an additional scene here or there. I mean, who am I kidding – this book hasn’t even been written yet and I’m already thinking of Fanfictions for it!
No, but seriously. I don’t have children, so I’m not even going to pretend to enter into the debate of whether or not parents have a favorite child and all that mumbo jumbo. But I will say that even though I’m passionate about each and every single one of my stories (I mean you have to be if you’re going to spend months writing them – right?) there’s only one story whose characters feel like I’m coming home.
And isn’t that the point? Doesn’t every author want to write at least one story that they’ll always want to come back to for times of comfort? I know I do.
So what does that leave me with?
Easy… damned if I do and damned if I don’t.