It’s All in Your (My) Head
Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Gore Vidal
That feels true to me. My stories build up in my mind, crowding out everyday thoughts. I think of the mass of characters I’ve invented as real beings. They must be real; they have names, personalities, quirks, and boyfriends as well as moments of joy and disappointment. I talk with friends, including my imaginary characters and come close to sending them birthday cards each year. Then I remember they don’t age; they are perpetually the age I leave them when my books end.
Sometimes I wonder what happened to my characters in the years following the end of my story. Would they marry? Have a family? Change jobs? Move to a new town? That’s for someone else to unravel. For me they stay frozen in time and place as I left them.
Maybe as writers we have a special crazy gene. I choose to think like Gore Vidal that I have a repertory company in my head. That way I’m never alone for long.
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