It’s true, and we all know it.
Some fiction writers are good. Very, very good.
Some fiction writers are bad – painfully so.
But almost ALL fiction writers are strange.
We HAVE to be. It comes along with the territory of living in an imaginary world. We have one foot in reality (or maybe only a big toe), and the other foot somewhere else. Where? Well that all depends on the writer.
I've been a dozen places in one hour and never left my seat.
Do any of you get distracted by a beautiful scene, or scent, or maybe a quirky person sitting on the front row of a presentation, hat askew, and murmuring to herself?
I’m a photo buff. LOVE TO TAKE pictures. But lots of times I take them because they start creating story-pieces in my head. (some I take of my cute family ;-) Photos can be an open door to a story.
Anyone else get lost in a song because, when you hear it, your book plays like a movie in your head?
Or can you spend years in a bookstore because you’re determined that some, overlooked treasure is hidden somewhere on the shelves – and most likely it will lead to the best historical climax in your novel.
Anyone else replay scenes of movies over and over again for research?
Or flip through websites looking for unusual facts like – what are some prints for feed-sack dresses? The type of shoes worn in 1914? How to cook chicken over an open fire? Or what about the existence of 12th century subterranean passageways? The flowers in bloom in Derbyshire in spring. What the Separatists ate on the Mayflower?
Seriously – the list goes on. And gets weirder.
Just ask Amy Simpson, who does crazy (and somewhat frightening) research about murder weapons and body decomposition.
Or Angie Dicken who is recreating history in Elizabethan England.
It’s fascinating. Mesmerizing.
So- are you strange?
It’s okay to admit it. It’s the first step to acceptance. :-)
Got any cool examples of what you do, find, or use to inspire your writing creativity?