I was going through my writing class papers for a final portfolio and came across this. I wrote it as a humorous process essay in my writing class in September/October and figured some of you would get a kick out of it. Enjoy! ^_^
Back to work,
The Voices Told Me
When in a group of people, the best way for an author to get a weird look from someone is to start talking about an imaginary character as though he is real and alive in her thoughts. Those around her may smile, or laugh, but when that odd individual turns away, they exchange glances behind the author’s back. Did you hear what she just said? They question with their eyes. Did I hear her right, or am I insane? In some cases, their confusion is warranted: the author may just be joking around. But with a few select authors, his or her claims are true: the author does have characters in her head, and she deserves pity, not bewilderment. Oftentimes, the writer with a character ‘living’ in her mind has the most intriguing stories to tell. These characters are strong-willed and seem to have minds of their own. Once she finds one of these characters in her mind, it’s very hard for her to direct the storyline without unsolicited input from the character himself. Getting the characters and writer to cooperate while recording a story can be a difficult process.