Do Writers Have a Split Personality?

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
February 19, 2012 3:39am CST
Yep. I'm pretty sure we do. And it's a good thing, right? Do you ever talk to your characters? If not, have you ever interviewed one of them? That will show you how much that character is you and all the other ones have a piece of you too. So how many personalities do you have running around in that awesome brain?
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@timetravel (1428)
• United States
24 Feb 12
thousands! I always say I am all those in my stories, and more. I am the drunk rambling and ranting down the street, the tired home maker who wants out of her miserable life, the witchy, wanton woman who seduces unsuspecting men, the cat who purrs contentedly on someone's lap, the child with silent screams as he is being struck, time and again - and his mother, who does the beating. I am the sun beaming down on the young couple on the beach, and the seashells they pick up and gather in their baskets. The daffodils that bloom each Easter season, and the young man who picks them for his girl. I am the dying, senior woman with no family to say "good-bye" to...and the nurse, who attends to her. I am all these and more. Each character, each element, in my stories is part of me, and I am part of them. Split personality? No. Fragmented in zillions of bits? Yes. Yet glued back together by force of story told.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Mar 12
Wow, very nicely said, or should I say, written.
• United States
21 Mar 12
thank you, gtargirl.
@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Feb 12
I am me. I have several characters running about in my head but they are not part of my personality. A character may have facets of my personality or how I would like to be but not fully of me. Maybe it is the language. I don't know. I don't talk to my characters. I act out scenes in my head and see how they go before I write it down.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Mar 12
But don't you find that you will have to come to know your characters? How do you get to know them? How do you give them a personality?
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@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Mar 12
I learn about them as I write the outline and then the story. I know alot about them initially and then more as the story grows.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
19 Feb 12
Oh wow, is this a "lets see how weird you are session?" I hope I don't come off as crazy, but oh well, I have been called worse..I actually become a character and interact with my other characters, in my mind of course. It gives me a perspective on how one would act or feel in each scene.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Mar 12
Absolutely!!! I know exactly what you mean. Becoming a character is what I was asking. How will you know him or her unless you are him or her. We can't think like a woman if we need to get inside a man's head. Heh, you know what I mean.
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• United States
21 Mar 12
I do admit though, I find it much easier to get inside the woman's head, than the man's..I mean I can make him do and say things a guy does, but to really know why? Nope, I can't understand it, and it makes it harder, because I don't want my male characters to have a feminine personality, so I think end up making them a little mean..
@boyuancy (1709)
• India
22 Feb 12
Looks like you are into a lot of fiction (I mean REALLY!!!). I do see a change in my mood/personality when I'm writing, but that's probably because I use it as an escape route from reality (whatever that means . . . ).
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Mar 12
It was just a question. Very fun to see everyone's responses. Escaping from reality huh? What's nice about that fictional world is that you can choose the ending ... happy? I always opt for a happy, satisfying ending. But you got to know your characters, even the sound of his voice or the way he walks.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
20 Feb 12
I feel that they use more of their brains then people that do not write. They use their imagination possibly to it's limits and that can awaken awaken parts of the brain..so they have their normal personality..then their writing personality. I'm not a writer, but my brain possibly is home to 3 personalities..which one only peeks out once in awhile when I am riled like a mamma bear..lol
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Mar 12
It definitely has more active cells, or so they say. If you've got three personalities hiding in your brain you should seriously write about them. Oh yeah.
@samar54 (2456)
• Egypt
19 Feb 12
I'm sure that the character have some of writer recipes
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Mar 12
That's a definite yeah!
@maezee (32284)
• United States
19 Feb 12
I would say so. I have never written anything in entirety, but I've tried writing short stories and whatnot and it seems like every character is kind of a split personality of myself, or at least has parts of my personality in theirs. It just seems easier to write about feelings you've had before. *shrugs*
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Mar 12
Absolutely. That's what makes the writing good. If you don't know, or love, your own characters, readers sure won't get to know them. A part of us is in our characters. Some of them might take you by surprise that way. Keep writing, maezee.
@pawan1 (92)
• India
19 Feb 12
hey frnd.. . . . very nice topic In some movies ,i saw split personality character but i think,its not possible in real life well,some times (in mind ) i talk with ourselve(think) as u said i am pretty nd its gud thing ,right? if i do this,then it would be result of .... bla bla.... but i dont think that it is split personality?
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Mar 12
It's only a split personality in the sense that a writer creates many characters. But he or she will have to know each character, give them their own personality. Just sayin'.
@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
19 Feb 12
Well it depends on what role am I going to play. I think I can make several personalities....and will perform them by having lots of concentrations, too...
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Mar 12
Yes, and how characters control you? Or do you control them? Ah, that is the question.
• Canada
19 Feb 12
I have often wondered about that. My husband writes sci-fi, but I write non-fiction. I find I just don't have voices in my head, yet he ays his characters have become old friends.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Mar 12
Aaah, I can relate to your husband. Fiction writers, btw, are starting to do interviews on blogs with their characters. Just love the world we live in.