May. 13, 2016

BEWARE OF LIVING YOUR OWN PLOT

On becoming too involved with one's writing.
 
My approach is to become the characters I am writing about. This is analogous to method acting.
 
It causes difficulties for those around the writer. Perhaps sometimes it is even dangerous. I often write about murder and worse.
 
Last night, the lover of the hero of 'Terminated book 2' was murdered. I express it this way, as I seemed to have no control over the events.
 
To my astonishment I found my real self crying. How extremely weird.
 
For some time I have felt that it is not me writing. Plots and details seem to pour out.
 
Wilkie Collins, the first writer of detective stories, including the excellent 'Woman in White' and 'The Moonstone', had the same feelings, though he was on opium.