Are you developing an unhealthy relationship with your character?

Now here’s me baring a part of my soul; I have never actually talked about it…nope not to anyone. Excellent blog broadcast material then! As a writer (or indeed as an Actor – would love to hear from you too), have you ever developed an unhealthy relationship with your character(s)?

I should probably outline what I mean by this (although feel free to let me know your own interpretation if you have one).  When I began writing my novel (still in progress), I experienced something close to euphoria as scenes and characters began surging into my mind. When this started to happen I wasn’t thinking ‘this’ll be written into a novel’, I was just completely absorbed in shaping and inhabiting the characters; watching as they and their surroundings grew in my mind. I remember taking a three hour drive somewhere, as a passenger. (Something about the landscapes rushing past my window combined with good music always sparks my imagination.) I hardly spoke for those three hours. If asked a question I gave short answers, eager to get back to my daydream. I was, in fact,  a bit of an arse.

Having thought about it since, I wonder if it is something akin to the way an actor feels when he/she gets a great part and begins to live it every day; becomes absorbed in the character, not only because they want to do the best job that they can, but because there is something captivating about living in a different world. Of course if the character is a nasty piece of work, it might prove rather detrimental to their relationships. Just a thought.

This initial flood of ideas and characters has settled down now. I have committed most to paper, which is the only treatment effective for such a disorder of the mind 😉 I am now honing and refining which is far less exciting, but no less fulfilling. It also means I’m a lot more sociable.

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5 thoughts on “Are you developing an unhealthy relationship with your character?

  1. ahamin says:

    You are not the only one… your ideas are your babies… you are bound to be connected to them, think about them… eager to leave places so you can get to them.
    That’s how I always feel… and as for landscapes and music.. they are always triggering effects stimulating our brain and senses. For me music and jogging does it for me. I find myself lost from this world. That’s when my subconscious speaks to me and gives me the best ideas. As I always say, original and great ideas come from the subconscious… since our conscious is so busy with our reality.
    That’s my piece of mind, as an author… 🙂
    Best of luck, having to daydream and disconnect from the world means you have something good going with your novel 🙂

  2. jakiedwards says:

    Either what you have experienced is actually quite normal or, more sadly, I suffer the same psychological disorder.
    It’s better than new love… Better because you have all the control and, let’s face it, those people you are creating are never going to call you fat or sleep with your best friend… Even though you might not be quite so loyal to them.
    I haven’t done the anti-social car journey (mainly because I have kids and my time is taken up by distributing Wine Gums and saying ‘no we’re not there yet’) but I did respond to my son’s question about when is dinner going to be ready (already an hour later than institutional routine dictated) by saying ‘when I’ve worked out exactly why silver kills werewolves but not vampires!’
    Fortunately for him I didn’t wait that lone because I am still puzzling that question two years later.

  3. plantageneta says:

    You’re right, it is just like a new love and the best bit is when you’re immersed in the initial outpourings. Later on it becomes more solid and less exciting but more solid and worthwhile (hopefully!)
    Life does rather get in the way and its probably not a good thing to be as rude as I was in the car ;/
    Let me know if you ever do work out why silver kills werewolves but not vampires!

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