Re: " It's like being schizophrenic with the knowledge of it... you can manipulate it, mould it and reshape whenever you like but as with all things your control upon it has its limits."
- From: "Random" <randomiez@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 18 Oct 2005 20:41:40 -0700
> I was discussing these recent troubles with my partner. Over the past
> few months I have finally allowed myself to begin the novel I have been
> writing in my mind for years; writing and creativity seems to be on tap
> these days as I allow the flood out in gradual spurts. With all this I
> have noticed many of my psychological problems being solved, each
> coinciding with the steps I make considering my writing. Now, don't get
> me wrong - I was not insane, but like any human I have had my trust
> issues and my social problems - as I have finally allowed out what I've
> always needed to tell the world I can see these troubles ebbing away:
> once a woman of irrationality, now somebody with tight reigns upon
> their temper. But here is what I am wondering about and I apologise now
> if it is unsuitable for this group;
> I wonder at times if all writers have these demons inside their heads,
> if all of them have the thoughts of their characters so often running
> through their heads... so much so that one day it drives them to
> screaming point and they just have to begin writing that ones tale. As
> I've said many times before, it's like latching on to a soul string and
> running along it until you fall off again... but once you've done that
> all those experiences are etched upon your memory as though you lived
> those lives; were those people. I wonder if all writers have one main
> character; the character based upon themselves and the one most full of
> truth... I wonder if all writers question their reality as soon as they
> make themselves in a fictional character and no longer am I shocked
> that so many writers end up in rehabilitation.
there's very little one can say about 'all writers'-- except, arguably,
that all writers write.
I know that this won't directly answer you, but let me tell you: I've
found that most works in which the author took it upon himself to
'become' the characters just didn't turn out to be worth reading.
If you become your characters, and your characters are not writers,
How do you manage to write?
You are the writer.
You need not become your characters.
You need only know them.
Others are bound to think differently. You do what works for you.
what if i do all my 'writing' on a computer?
am i still a 'writer', or am i a typist? or just a vandalist?
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