Right now, I'm living in the midst of a hostage situation. Yes, that's right: a hostage situation.
Oh, my! I hear you exclaim. No? *disappointed* Well, just play along with me, will you? O:) So, you're exclaiming, Oh my! Hostages! Why, who has been taken hostage, and by whom, and why, and what do they want??!!
*raises eyebrow expectantly and waits for you to exclaim*
There. Much better. Thank you.
Well, dear reader, draw near *leans forward, whispers creepily and rubs hands together* and I shall answer all your questions.
Who's being held hostage? Why, I am. Of course. Of course.
So, who are the terrorists, and why are they holding me hostage? And most importantly, what do they want?
Well, it's all very simple. The ones holding me hostage are... *glances furtively around, and whispers hoarsely* my characters!
Yes, that's right folks: I'm in the middle of a hostage situation and it's my characters who are to blame. Not just any characters, either: in fact, it's all my characters, from every single story I've ever thought of writing. Ever.
What do they want? They ALL want me to write THEIR stories - RIGHT NOW.
Can you guess that I'm getting close to the end of Jesscapades? Ten points if you did. See, I've got less than 10k to go. Only ten scenes, as I speak. And parts of most of those are written. AND, to compound the matter, I haven't been able to write for the last week, because it's been offically The Most Insane Week of The Entire Year - so every. single. character. that I have is quite literally clamouring at the back of my brain, all wanting to make themselves heard - all wanting to be the next story written.
So here's what I've decided: once Jess is finished (which it should be before I go away), I'm going to take the rest of the year off (writing-wise; I still plan to edit Jess) and write literally whatever jumps on me loudest at the time. I anticipate quite a few shorts, and work on at least three or four different novels; probably more. It'll be very interesting to see who wins in this character-eats-character brain of mine...
But anyway, how about you? Do your characters ever take you hostage? And is it usually just one loud character that's particularly insistent, or do they all take over at once? Please, let me know I'm not alone! :D