A while back I tried writing a story. It has gone pretty well and I realized how much I like to write. But the last story has freaked me out, so I tried to start again. I am realizing that a lot of research should go into it. My first attempt I didn't really need to worry about that. But this time, I do. I have to figure out where she is going, her name, choices she makes, etc. I am in complete controll of someone's life. I don't look at the people in my book as characters, but people. And I have gotten a taste of how little choices determine you outcome of life. For example:
In my last book there is a girl who is treated horribly by her family. She has a "secret grove" I guess you could say and she goes quite often. One day she decided to go farther in and explore, and meets a guy. And that guy becomes a huge part of her life. Had she not gone farther, she would have never met him, and her life would be completely different.
I will be completely honest, this is nerve wracking for me. I have controll over someone's life. I determine their destiny and little choices I make. And so this time I am researching things so I can help her make the right decisions. Why do I worry about it? To be honest I don't know. Maybe it's because I would want someone to do the same for me.