my characters shouldn’t like me

My characters shouldn’t like me. If they knew I was the one causing them trouble…

I like my characters. I don’t like making them fall into rivers and nearly drown, or get tied up against a tree, or…

But, it’s like I’m six years old again playing with my army men. Ruthless. Throwing rocks. Knocking down whole swaths of an opposing army. Crushing vehicles. The carnage.

But, I didn’t really know any of those army men personally. I mean their thoughts, what they like, their attitudes, where they grew up, their goals. I love my characters. I wish they knew about me sometimes and how much I care. But, I realize they’d know I was the one causing them grief. They probably wouldn’t like me. That’s kind of devastating.

How do you play with your army men/characters?

  1. I seems to me that the point of what you’re saying (no matter whether we knock those characters flying or give them everything they seem to want) is that we know these people in a very intimate way. They are not just characters in the pages of a book to us their creators. They are real. We have a relationship with them – albeit one-sided since, as you say, they don’t know us. But everyone of them is us. What a life, right? Being a writer.

    • tyroper said:

      Yep. I work toward knowing my characters close to as well as they know themselves.

  2. I have the opposite problem, I struggle to hurt my characters or to write a ‘bad’ character. Am I so weak I need to be liked by my characters? I really enjoy the overall control (the toy army side). If I talk to a book group, they seem surprised that events in a book are not inevitable. That I can decide one day that ‘Joe’ has settled in Peru, then another day that after all he shall never leave Little Norton. Or that I can change his name to say ‘Desmond’, or even ‘Jane’ at will. Writing is play time.

    • tyroper said:

      Exactly! Just like when we were kids.

  3. Catskinner would definitely eliminate me as a threat to James.

  4. I think quite a few of my characters would attack me. I’d need restraining orders.

  5. I find it really easy to hurt my characters, maybe that’s something wrong with me ahaha! But it has to be interesting and I don’t think it would be if they sat on the sofa every night.

  6. Oh the image of toy soldiers is perfect for this, lol. Very apt and agree I doubt my characters would like me either.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Fear Not, Just Believe. Faith is the antidote to fear.

God's story through my life from 2005 to eternity...


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.


A great site

If I Ruled the World

Vote for me, 2033


Jean-Luc Picard.


Truth is a pain to accept


The Archaeology and Heritage of Death and Memory

The Journal Of Antiquities

Ancient Sites In Great Britain & Southern Ireland




A blog full of humorous and poignant observations.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Dream-protecting author


travel, holidays,leisure



A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself

A Hopefully Formerly Depressed Human Vows To Practice Self-Approval

Publishing Insights

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose / The more things change, the more they stay the same

The Book Reviews You Can Trust!

sheila sea

like thalassic velvet


Book recommendations, inspirational quotes, writing, books, blogging and social issues


I just want you to know who I am

Written in ink, not stone

like and follow me!! Thanks for visiting, much appreciated

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Eye Will Not Cry

"Eye Fly High"


About a process

Attached To Brunei

Born & Bred in the Abode of Peace


I really like Ryan Gosling.

Eric Weiskott

Associate Professor of English at Boston College

Memoir Notes

a blog for memoir writers

Living Young & Free with God

I speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for those who are crushed in spirit. I speak up for those who are poor in confidence,and see that they may be encouraged to live up their dreams.

Terribly Write

Terrible Writing on the Web. And Writing Terribly Well for the Web


confessions are self-serving



Felicity Johns

This site is rated for MA audiences only.

Caustic Synergy

United and alone in the world

%d bloggers like this: