Behind the keyboard: On being a writer
We writers, as a group, must be very strange to outsiders.
For one thing, we sometimes hear voices in our head. However, we sometimes call them our characters. We write down the things they say; the things they do; the things they think. We spend hours in the minds of these characters and spend many more exploring these worlds that we’ve created in our heads. We talk to them and sometimes make friends with them and even though we know that they only exist inside in our minds, we still think of them as real people that are very close to are hearts. Why is this the case?
This leads on to a much bigger question: why do we write at all?
What makes creating your own world – no matter how similar it is to the real world – so appealing? Perhaps it’s to do with the fact that you can control your world. Or maybe we get along better with our
imaginary friends characters than we do with people in real life. Our characters are part of us, sometimes sharing our fears or our traits – or perhaps those of someone we (don’t) know well. The characters become our medium of expressing ourselves and our thoughts through their own issues, both external and internal. Author to character. Pen to paper.
Writing is managing one’s feelings; exploring oneself; entertaining oneself; all these things and so much more.