Guess who came back from his hiatus early? Let me tell you, it's been a roller coaster week - it's not even done yet! It's been, however, a great learning experience.
Through it all, I had to remind myself of something that bears sharing. It would be a "duh" thing for me to say "we have to make important decisions in life," but this includes fictional decisions for us writers. Be it real or make believe, it's good to pause and do what the Jedi do: search your feelings. There is no set way of doing things or a set decision. What's right for one person may be the completely wrong choice for another.
"Our cookies aren't stale ... at all ..."
We can be offered the galaxy, but is that really in our best interest? Perhaps the unthinkable choice of falling down a giant air vent will lead to something better?
I can't answer that for you. Be it yourself or your characters, the decision is ultimately open.
Your head. Your heart. Your gut. Listen to this tribunal within yourself. Let them debate the pros and cons. If they make a unanimous decision, and present it for consideration, the president of "you" can still veto it.
It's not just a matter of looking into yourself. Research. Contact anyone you can who can help you. I favor an informed decision over running with an ignorant whim (as do my characters ... most of the time). We can't let anyone make us feel bad about it either. They don't have to live with our decisions - or profit from them.
"Live with your decision, you must."
This is not the rule, just my thoughts on the matter. It may sound cliche, but at the center of every story, every life, is choice. It's a powerful thing - something in us that has the power to override instinct. Very few creatures on our world have that ability. And that's rather cool. But whatever you do, choose wisely.
So much for keeping the theme consistent ...
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Ever run into a pile of crazy decisions that had to be made? What have your feelings told you?
I'm David, and join the light side - we have crullers!
Hmm ... crullers ...