If It Doesn't Put The Poetry In It Gets The Prose

Every so often I think about revamping this blog to be more about the craft of writing rather than the personal aspect of what has brought me to the writing. And I do have to say that the last few years of channeling personal experiences into poetry and nonfiction has really been a bit of a depressing time for me. Although I think of myself as a survivor, thinking too much about the past can get anyone down but then tearing it apart to write about it with any kind of objective flair gets to be a bit much.

As a result I have gone back to working in a genre that was really my first love; both in reading as well as writing. As many of you know I have been working (or I should say reworking) a SciFi novel called are You Still My Girl for the past year and am really excited not only with the work, but with the group of characters that have emerged. They walk around with me every day and have been wrestling with me over the past two months because I'm coming to the end of the first adventure and they are not liking where I am taking them.

So I do wonder if I really create these characters or just plant the seeds and they take on a life of their own once the book gets to a certain point. In many ways it seems like a relief if they do take their own destinies upon themselves because at some point in the witting I find myself staring at walls and throwing my characters against them hoping something will stick that will tell me where to go.

I know I am not alone in assuming that other writers do get as engrossed in their characters as I do and get to a point where we live with our characters as if they are a normal part of our lives. I do find my self saying to someone, "So, do you think that Thad would really say this?" or "So if you are coming out of a brain-bleed..." wothout really explaining wht a brain-bleed is as if everyone is in my head and can hear the characters speaking. I also wonder why it gets to be such a normal thing world to be talking about these chracters and settings and an entire world that only really exists on paper.

So keep your eyes open for little snippets of the book and some craft discussions about how I tackle this strange world of character creation and livisng in a world of ficticious characters that only exist in my brain..


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