Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm Not Crazy... Really, I'm Not.

I had an absolutely amazing conversation last night with someone who doesn't actually exist. He is the hero of my Work In Progress and a pretty complicated guy. Despite the fact that I created him, there are a lot of things about him that I just don't understand. So I sat down with him last night and we had a long talk.

I asked him about his life, his history, childhood memories, his goals. We talked about where he sees himself in five years, what he feels are his strengths and weaknesses. I asked him a great many very personal questions and flat out refused to answer any of the questions he asked me - though the questions he asked told me more about him than he probably realized.

Finally, I asked him the thing I have wondered about most as I have been attempting to tell his story... What is it he is really afraid of? The answer, quite frankly, surprised me.

As I desperately declared in the title of this post... I'm not crazy, I swear. I'm an author. We do this sort of thing.

As I once told an eighth-grader who asked me how I decide what to write... "I just write what the voices in my head tell me to write." Yep. That poor student thinks I'm crazy too.

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3 comments:

Annette Lyon said...

If you need medication and a strait jacket, then so do I.

Being a writer rocks.

Janette Rallison said...

I don't have these conversations with myself--I force my husband to listen to them. Usually I start out by telling him I have a plot problem and then downloading every scrap of information about the story and characters to him. He tries to stay awake.

Rachel Rossano said...

My husband thinks I am nuts, but I do the same thing. He is an engineer, firmly grounded in the world of physics and reality. I love his logical mind, but I cannot help that part of my own mind is very illogical. So, he thinks I am nuts, and I am happy with that. I have fellow writing friends who also talk to characters that only exist inside their heads and on the page. We are not alone. :)

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