I’ve heard from a few writers who have heard a story or thought of a character and they just know that they have to write about it. It’s like if they don’t, they’ll never have peace–the story/character will keep nagging at them until the story is written.
I’ve found that character.
I watched the movie Lady Jane a few days ago. It’s a film from 1986, with really young versions of Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes as the main characters. The film was okay, nothing to put on my top 10 list or anything. But I can’t stop thinking about Lady Jane.
She was sixteen when she was put on the throne of England for nine days, only to be executed when Mary reclaims the throne. And she won’t get out of my head.
I think I’m supposed to write her story. The thing is, while I love reading historical fiction, I never pictured myself writing anything like it. I hate research. But I guess if she won’t leave me alone, I’ll be able to get through the research aspect because I want to know about her.
This is one of those novels that I can see taking me a long time to complete. And do teens even read historical fiction anymore? And can I possibly make Lady Jane die in a book, even if it’s what really happened? Or would I have to end it before then? All these questions…but she’s calling the shots here, so I’m going to be her lady-in-waiting until I finish her story.
Have your characters or certain stories ever compelled you write about them? Or when you read, do you ever have characters and stories that you can’t get out of your head?
PS after looking around some more: It seems that Alison Weir has beat me to it. Does that matter?