I write, as you know. For me, I write therefore I am.
I write professionally in fits and starts these days, but most of my work is for my own enjoyment.
One of the many complicated side effects of being a long-term writer, is living with the characters.
I share my head with a varied cast of characters who make up the leading roles in whatever I am writing at present.
I encourage them to live with me whilst I write about them, because I want to get to know them. I want to look at an event that happens to me, no matter how mundane, and ask them – how would you respond? How would you get on with this situation? What would you say?
The lead in my current novel is called Eloise May. She is a ships quartermaster – in space.
I’ve enjoyed researching what she would be doing and how she would be living and the whole working out her character. She’s been a challenge to write and I have really gotten on well with her.
It has also been fun mixing up my love of space, astronomy, physics and sci-fi to carve out this story.
However, I have had to really use those skills I accrued as an actress (maaannnnyyy moons ago) to develop her as a character and encourage her to pull up a stool inside the bouncy world of my imagination and tell me all about herself.
She’s also proven to be a comic character at times too, which has come much easier to me to write than I thought it would.
I think it is so important to share your brain and your heart with a character you are writing – no matter how good or bad they are.
I struggle more to write villains, because I am someone who will always try to see the best in people, so I tend to write characters who are just fatally flawed and a bit misunderstood.
The challenge I think, would be to write a properly evil person, but I feel they’d become too paper thin, like a cartoon baddie.
My stories don’t currently call for a baddie right now, but… it’s just on the to do list….
I hope your writing efforts are working out well and that you also have fun sharing your head with your current characters too!