Posted by: Cabin Girl Amber Carlson
Now, I'm going to tell you two stories. Please note the similarities between them.
Cockroach Gets a Free Ride
Today, at the end of science, I reached down to pick up my backpack and happened to notice the cockroach that scuttled under it. "Ok," I said, "But don't expect to be able to hide under that for long."
Yes, I actually said that. No, I'm not insane. I just talk to cockroaches.
When I picked up the backpack, the cockroach was gone. I shrugged, put my backpack on and walked to my next class.
The next time I opened my backpack I was surprised to see the cockroach sitting smugly on my folder. Of course, the moment it saw me, it scrambled deeper into the backpack. Once again, I shrugged, turning back to the teacher.
By the time I got home, the cockroach was gone. Oh, well, I thought. I hope it didn't get stepped on. If you think my worry about the cockroach was strange, you aren't alone. I told a friend about the cockroach on the bus home from school. She pretended to call the insane asylum.
Anyway, the moral of this story is don't be nice to bugs or people will put you in insane asylums. Just kidding.
Character Gets a Free Ride
I was writing a story. It was going well. The main character was going on an epic quest or something like that and my plot was looking fine. Then this other character popped randomly into a minor plot I was writing between the chapters. She completely took my story over. I just let her do it. She saved her kingdom, overthrew a corrupt ruler, and then turned back to me. "Ok, your turn."
Let's just say the rest of the story didn't pull itself back up to where it ought to have been.
I don't know what exactly I'm trying to say with this. One thing I know is that I tend to give things a free ride. And that's not always a good thing. I like cockroaches, and I like my character that took over, but there are places they belong, and places they don't. Neither belongs in my backpack. And neither ought to be messing up my story.