Can you imagine someone asking us, “So what do you do for a living?” And being able to honestly say, “I make up stories and invent people.” Talk about sweet, that momentary expression that crosses their face.
Writing is the life! I mean, in what other profession is it totally normal to hear voices, talk about brain control techniques and fight with imaginary people?
One of my favorite writer moments happened when I walked into a bookstore and told the clerk, “I’d like help finding a book on how to become an assassin.”
Her jaw hit the floor. If I had been ten years younger and a bit more on the lean side, she might have been afraid of me. She led me to the ‘True Crime’ section all the while casting odd glances over her shoulder at me as if I’d start my assassin career with her.
Terrible person that I am, I laughed the whole way home. I mean seriously, I look more like the Pillsbury Dough Boy than an assassin and believe me, I wouldn’t be caught wearing that much white.
Then there’s our rebellious characters. You know, the ones who make us stomp around the house slamming cupboards and telling the dog, “She can’t make me change the ending. I’m putting my foot down.”
I just love it when another author tells me, my character is being so stubborn. It makes me, a plot driven writer, think ‘just tell her to get over herself already.’
But sometimes a pesky character can have us backed into a corner unless we change the whole direction of our novel. So what do we do? Finally, give in to an imaginary person we have created and spend hours more slaving over our manuscript to make the demanded changes.
Yes, us writers are a crazy lot. Good thing we have an excuse to hide behind, or we might find ourselves acquainted with a straight jacket.
What other crazy things does your author’s mind make you do?