This is the blog of children's book author and elementary school teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Even the Writer Can Be Surprised

The other day I was working on a story and I said out loud, "Wow, I can't believe that happened." My seven year old daughter looked up from a piece of artwork she was creating, slipped off her stool, and came over to the table when I was writing.

"Mommy," she said. "You say that all the time. But how can you be surprised? You're the writer! Don't you make the stories?"

How could I explain to my seven year old, that while that is true, I do write the story, I often find that I am not entirely in control of the plot. Matter of fact, sometimes I have no control at all. I am just the fingers that type the words down. The words themselves come from someplace deep inside.

At least I hope they do. Other wise the answer to my child really should be that mommy's just a little nutty and not to mind her.

Do you control your stories or do your stories control you? Leave a comment and tell me about it.