Monday, January 28, 2013

The Unfinished Stories


I have so many unfinished stories. A few I left unfinished due to lack of motivation, some due to writer's block and others simply out of boredom.

Sometimes  there are too many characters clamoring in my head to be let out. Some characters are never committed to paper, however much we may love them and I truly feel sorry for them. I honestly feel everyone deserves a chance to be heard. I feel their pain and hear their silent cries...Some characters are flawed, and yet I love them. However hard I may try being detached from the characters I get emotionally attached to some of them.
My friend Mehreen says "But they are just that - fictional characters. You cant love them !"
How do I explain to her that It's a wonderful experience when we are able to identify and consciously bond with a character who exists between the written pages, because that's when life is exchanged.

What does bother me though is that beyond a point some characters become all too real. They get a life of their own. They take over the plot.
Devyani is one such character. Even though she's purely fictional, writing about her scares me. I have always been in awe of this character. I fear that once I commit her to paper she'll take a life of her own. I fear of what will happen if she decided to bring out her opinions, desires and dreams on paper. At every turn she has made her presence felt strongly and helplessly I bowed down to her.
I guess sometimes the story's characters know better what needs to happen than we their creators do. And sometimes like thoughts, some stories are better left unfinished. Sometimes not having an ending does not matter....