Laura’s post yesterday (thank you BTW) made me think about my characters. You see, I am a “method” writer – meaning I totally get into my character’s head when I write, almost “becoming” them.
At least during the rough draft. When I edit, I have distance – something I try to avoid during the initial writing. But that is another post….
This is about me and my characters.
Okay, so being so close to my mc has advantages – I can usually find his/her voice pretty easily. I can be authentic to the character. And my characters are as unique as they are supposed to be (at least that is the goal)
There is, however a HUGE disadvantage.
Being in my character’s head often means I take on their personality for a bit. And their angst.
Especially their angst.
Take my current WiP, Perfect Scars. In this story, the mc has a lot of problems. She is the epitome of EMO…
Not so much fun to channel! Seriously.
After long writing stretches with her I always feel angsty unsettled. At first I couldn’t figure out why. I mean, I was happy – I knew I was. So what the heck was all of the random angst about.
Until I realized it was HER. My main character.
I was channeling her. Living her life for a bit.
Ooops….Guess I needed to get out of her head after a writing stint, right?
Have you guys ever done that…lived in your character’s head so much you were channeling them in your real life? Please say yes.