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A Writer and His Double.

Updated on October 25, 2012

Fictional Split?

When we sit down to write fictional characters there is a part of us that dissapears so that anything outside fades as we strive to get to grips with their personality. If we have a single character it's relatively simple to become the person we are writing about. However if there are a multitude of protagonists things start getting just that bit more complex. Today I'll concentrate on the single character and how he or she can take over our each and every thought to the extent that despite the reserved corner of the room we use for writing, we find ourselves locked into the place where the character evolves. In real life we copy, without admitting it, people who have marked our personal history and somehow each and every event we have lived through sneaks quietly into the characters we build. Whether we want to admit or not, the eventuality of being on the brink of a phycological disorder is very close. It's not schizophrenia, but it gets very close sometimes especially when we start adopting the gestual of our characters and even the way they speak. When we are men, how can we, in the space of a few moments, become a woman and vice versa. How do we pass from being a quiet peace loving individual to a serial killer with no heart, or a work a day Mom who loves her kids and who writes « hubs » to fill in the five minutes she may have for herself to become a whip weilding, leather suited bitch whose only pleasure is inflicting pain to consenting males? We can pretend that all is pure invention and sometimes it is, but it's extremely rare.We use what is already stored up in our soft disk drive through years of reading and living. A lot of what is stored has to come out somewhere, the agressivity in action sports,perfectionism in restoring old objects, but for writers it's the complete package of emotions that we must dig into, including the our darkest thoughts or desires. That is what helps us to develop characters and puts us on the borderline. We play around with reality ,or our imagination and sometimes the « imagination » just kinda takes over! My doppleganger changes each time I write a story and I have very few problems slipping into the mind and actions that my character chooses to develop. The hardest thing for me, as I'm sure it is for other writers is dragging yourself back to reality and the dishes that are sitting in the sink and the other day to day chores.

Ps: I'm not quite sure who wrote this?

Keep on Writing

Dave aka Write it Today.


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    • Elenin profile image


      6 years ago from So Cal

      Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to write.” Good job.

      Congratulations to all of you.

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      6 years ago from Somewhere in France.

      Better late than never Dahoglund :) Thanks for leaving a word or two.

      All the best,


    • WriteitToday profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Somewhere in France.

      Hello to You Ahorseback,

      Thanks for stopping by :)


    • WriteitToday profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Somewhere in France.

      Hello Cardisa,

      Thanks for commenting. That comment is by me my alter ego is sleeping, at least I think he is?

      Dave aka WriteitToday

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I've often compared writing to method acting. Mentally the writer may play the role of the character in the story and "become" the character. for both the actor and the writer it can be carried too far, I suppose.

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      6 years ago

      Wow this is interesting , I tend to think I am alone in interpreting these tranfers of person! I gotta re-read this . ......awesome:-}

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      As I often tell my readers my female characters are usually my alter ego. I tend to pattern them from myself so I totally agree with you that we tend to pattern our characters from our memories and our lives.


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