Who out there in writing land has felt as though they turned into their characters or one of their characters?
I realize that a lot of what we write, we take from our own personal experiences. I get it.
But my character has been creeping too much into my head lately…and too much into my life! Yes, she was initially inspired by me…because that’s what I know. After exaggerating her personality and thinking about her life and thought process and adding new idiosyncracies, I feel as though I am taking on her traits. It is consuming me…which is either a great thing for writing or an awful thing for my brain.
Is this how method actors feel? How do they become like someone else and then snap back into themselves when their movie/show/whatever is over?
I AM Abraham Lincoln, dammit.
Is method writing a thing? It must be…everything is a thing, it seems.
The silver lining…is that I created this person. I can make her into whatever I want. So if I need to improve my disposition, I’ll just improve her disposition. I’ll have her turn into the sweetest, funniest, friendliest mother fucker I can think of and change everything about the whole story. Because I can.
Hell, maybe the prize patrol will show up at her door with a giant check and balloons!!! Maybe then life will imitate art?? Right?