There’s No “Off” Switch

dv168081aWhen I’m driving to work, they’re sitting next to me—talking. At the movies, when I’m trying to pay attention and get my $12.00 worth, I wind up writing their scenes because they won’t keep quiet. You may wonder who I’m talking about. Two words. My characters.

I have issues and I’ve accepted that. My mind works a million miles a minute writing, editing and reediting, coming up with plots, and juicy love scenes, while trying to keep my lead characters happy, and show love to my supporting characters.

However, I didn’t know how deep my issues were until I zoned out at work one day. I was having lunch with a group of coworkers before an important meeting. Everyone sat at the table, enjoying the food and the company.

Everyone, except yours truly. I didn’t hear a thing.

I didn’t hear when the assignments were handed out, or that Brad Pitt had visited our city a few days prior, because he was interested in the city’s restoration. Care to guess why?

Yep. My characters. All during lunch, I was reworking a love scene in my head and completely zoned out.

About thirty minutes later, a coworker caught up with me and asked if I was okay. She said I had this glazed look on my face, (well, uh …I was editing a love scene) and I hadn’t spoken a word.

The real world gets challenging when my characters insist on making their presence known at every occasion.

It would be unnatural to think I could stay in my house, glued to my computer. But it’s so tempting! At least I could zone out in the privacy of my home.

However, I’m learning to live with my characters popping in and out of my head. After all, there’s no “off” switch. I carry a journal or small notebook with me. I even have a tape recorder tucked in my bag, when I can’t write fast enough.

But it’s probably still a little frightening for others when I take on that glazed look.

How do I explain to folks that I’m not REALLY crazy, and my characters are very nice people who mean no harm? All they want is to have their story told.

Maybe, I’ll hand them a chapter.

Where and when do your characters pull your ear?

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