When you write, are you the main character? Do you have any connection to the main character?
They say there’s a part of us in every character we create. If you can think it you are it because it came from you thinking it.
That’s a lot of psycho babble, with a string of truth running through it.
I have to admit that so far I am part my main character. She does things I wouldn’t do, says things I’d love to say, and gets into situations I will never in my lifetime find my way into. She…and sometimes he…is my alter ego.
I get an emotional reaction from in the connection of my characters, both when they’re fighting and loving. So is that being my character? I don’t often base a character on someone I know, but it has happened. I change the name and the looks and sometimes their philosophy but it’s still someone I know.
I envy writers who can write a main character that is the antithesis of everything they are. Murderers and psychos and nymphs and puritans. I actually find it hard to go against grain with characters. But it’s a challenge I think I’m going to take.
But I’m afraid my bad guy won’t be bad enough, psycho enough, crazy enough. I’m afraid my moral compass will get in the way. I always wondered how Stephen King did it.
Is there a part of you in everything you write?
I’d love to hear your point of view. I really would. I’d love to see where your characters, your inspiration, comes from.
And that goes for you poets. I know a lot of your poetry comes from personal experience and emotions, but do you ever write a poem from someone else’s point of view? Something totally “not you” yet you know it’s “you”?
I’d love to hear your answers.