Early on in my writing career, I thought I was going crazy. I suppose we all go through that at one point or other in our lives; it just seemed as though all I could focus on were the ideas, stories and characters running through my head. Regardless of what was going on around me, regardless of where I was, there were so many characters and stories vying for my attention, I didn’t know what to do. I felt like the Garadene demoniac (call me Legion). Then I found this quote:
Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him. –Mel Brooks.
Finally, my issue had a name – it was called a process. Still a novice, I didn’t understand all I needed was some time and a little organization (lots of it, actually, but that’s neither here nor there). I started writing down my ideas, parceling out settings and assigning characters to stories. Eight years later, I am still jotting down ideas, creating worlds and identifying characters; and all of it is as real to me as my family is.
Okay, so instead of going crazy, I only sound it…but I guess that’s fine because writing and the process of creating worlds is not so distracting now. It’s part of me; though, truth be known, it always was. I just have a greater grasp on it now. I’ve learned how to organize myself and create a process I can work with, so that I can share my gift with you and with the world.
Ah, if only my other issues were so easily handled…