Tuesday, December 13, 2005

in the novel's mood


I just finished writing a section in Jason's point of view. Jason is a sunnier character than Carl (who anyone might describe as gloomy), and he's also pretty happy in this scene, because he's on his way to do some ghosthunting on his own, on the way to fame and fortune, or so he believes. Yesterday I was with Carl, hunting for a possible suicide, today bouncing along in Jason's truck with the music playing loud. It has definitely affected my mood.
I wonder if this happens to other writers? What's going on on the page getting into their heads? A form of writers' psychosis? Should I be taking a pill? I imagine myself lying on the couch at the Psychowriter Specialist's office. Yes, doctor, I hear voices (see last post), yes, I am feeling what my characters feel.
But I can't worry about it even if I thought I should (and I don't think I do) because I'm in Jason's mood, and the sun is shining blindingly on white snow whichI don't have to drive out into.

3 Comments:

Blogger Gabriel said...

If you can't feel your characters, how real are they? The trick, I think - is to be able to convey that to the reader - make them feel as if they were alive... Remember playing cops and robbers as a kid or cowboys and indians? It's the same thing.

12/13/2005 4:55 PM  
Blogger K8inNYC said...

I agree... I don't write all that much, but when I do, I'm consumed by the person I'm writing about. They're constantly in my mind, and I wonder what they'd think about things going on with me. Who knows, maybe we are crazy :)

12/14/2005 10:15 AM  
Blogger lucette said...

Exactly. Although my sister and I played dolls. Playing pretend as a child is invaluable experience for the writer!

12/17/2005 5:19 PM  

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