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Thursday, December 07, 2006

"I swear, they take over my head"

I don't understand writers who say that their storied just write themselves because the characters take over their heads. This doesn't sound healthy to me. It actually sounds a bit... nuts.

Sure, when I write I know my character pretty well. They have their little personalities and attitudes, I know pretty much what they would and wouldn't do. But I am still master of my head. Nobody but me is commanding my little grey cells.


If this balance of power ever shifted, I'd go into therapy. If they told me to, I'd take pills. Little ones, big ones, round ones, square, pink, blue or purple ones - it wouldn't matter, I'd take them anyway. They could stick needles in me, if they thought it necessary. Considering some of the people I've written about, I might even agree to shock therapy.


If the invasion got really bad, I'd fully expect a loved one to knock me unconcious and drag me to an institution, where they could solve the problem, using whatever means necessary.



Picture "Inside" by Andrew Mason

10 comments:

Mr. Fabulous said...

Just an FYI: Those square pills will really tear up the ole esophagus.

mist1 said...

My stories write themselves. Especially if I supply the wine.

choochoo said...

Mr. Fabulous - I wouldn't matter. I'd take'em anyway, like a good little patient.

Mist1 - I once spilled whiskey on my computer. That didn't help, though...

furiousBall said...

I think writing is similar to song writing, which I might kinda know something about - if your work consumes you, it's probably going to fall into that "if i don't understand this it must be art" to your audience/reader

Jocelyn said...

I totally agree with you, Choo-choo. The only voices that inhabit my head are asking for dark chocolate and a new pair of Born boots.

Hageltoast said...

Uh huh, hey if tthe voices in my head did anything as usefull as help me write, i'd let them move in permenantly, space in my head for everyone. :)

choochoo said...

Furiousball - Hehe. Kinda like when David Bowie pulls sentences out of a hat and put them togehter? :)

Jocelyn - mine still goes on about the strawberry milk. Luckily the rest of me know better.

Toasty - if my head ever gets invaded, they can just move in with you in stead:D

Jazz said...

Well, so long as the voices in your head don't start telling you to hack people's heads off, I guess you could do worse.

Tim Rice said...

Sometimes writing can take a turn of its own. And that can be fun sometimes. But if writing evers takes over who I am; then that is scary.

choochoo said...

Jazz - nah, they tell me to eat chocolate, most of the time.

Tim - exactly my point:)