Characters, Fiction, Imagination, Reflections, Writing

There’s a crowd in my head!

In response to my post How I read from there to here! T.A. Olivia, aka Darksculptures remarked that her reading path might indicate she had multiple personalities. She wasn’t serious, but in a sense that seems logical to me. Fiction writers do have a semblance of multiple personalities, at least temporarily. So do actors, I would think. To write well, you have to “get into character.” You have to think and speak and act like your fictional characters.

The deeper you go, the more life you breathe into your fiction. If my characters don’t seem real to me, I can’t make you believe them. Where do these fictitious persons come from? Why, “out of my mind”, of course. They are a multitude. All ages, all types, all with different wants, needs, likes, hates … stories.

It can get crowded in there, with each character angling to be first in line. And when they begin to gang up on me, insisting on acting out their scenes, reciting their lines, it seems the logical thing to do is release them  … onto paper.

So, yeah, when you look at me, you only see one person, but that’s a lie. There are more people to me than meets the eye. How about you?

Disclaimer: It was not my intention, in this post, to belittle the psychological condition known as Multiple Personality Disorder.

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28 thoughts on “There’s a crowd in my head!”

  1. I think the best writers are those who can nail so many different types of people from the biker dude to the little old lady who collects frog figurines and wears girl barrettes. Stephen King is a pro at people; I always thought.


  2. I definitely have many people in my brain, but all those many people have a little of me too. I can’t help but give my characters some of my own personality.


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