Well, it seems we had a bevy of writers all get together to defend the ones who claim their characters take over and write books for themselves, doing and saying completely foreign, unforeseen things while dragging the author along as a transcriber. Some, like my bud Sherri and Bryce, had explanations for the behavior while others offered the “just because it hasn’t happened for you doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist” apologetic.
I find both sides interesting. I find it interesting that so many are willing to defend the writers who claim they have no control over their work. I find writers who say such things either falsifying, exaggerative or psychotic, wherein a break between reality and fantasy in the neural synapses has failed and the writer can’t see what’s real and what’s not. John Nash comes to mind here, I suppose, though he’s a mathematician and not a writer (I believe).
Still, it’s a great example of how no two writers say the same things about the writing process. Maybe it’s because creativity is an individual thing and each of us has a method of our own to put on it. We all have our ways that “work” for us, and while many others have experienced, or claim to have experienced, a separation of reality for the characters they create, I myself cannot either confirm nor deny the existence of such phenomenon.
I won’t try, but I will say I still don’t buy it. I don’t believe a lot of things I hear, and that’s just another one, like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. That’s just me. And Lord knows, it could be borne strictly of envy for NOT having had the experience yet. Heh. And like the comments show, plenty of others have, so it’s not a new, or even rare, claim or experience, now is it?
So what’s uniquely yours in the creative process? What’s something you find yourself counting on to create your works of imagination which you’ve not heard anyone else lay claim to? Do you have one?
I don’t. Not that I can identify. Anyone?