Characters’ Hauntings

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  1. This is absolutely beautiful and I can’t agree more. I have this same sort of experience on a daily basis (though my characters are more likely to come sauntering in while I’m trying to pay attention in an important meeting than when I’m about to fall asleep and can actually devote my full attention to them). I’ve always sort of felt like more of a biographer than a fiction writer – my subjects just happen to not be living so much in the traditional sense. But the task is still the same; somehow write every single aspect and experience of people who already have 30 or 40 years on me and keep adding new stories, new lives, new THINGS. It’s so frustrating and wonderful and humbling.

    1. Isn’t it wonderful? It’s the reason to keep writing. There are few enough rewards and so much work, but it’s that connection to these people that makes it all so fascinating. Thanks for posting.

  2. You are not alone. Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the Barbarian, believed that the character was looking over his shoulder and would kill him if he didn’t write The Phoenix in the Sword, the first story in which he ever appeared.

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