I’m sitting on the train to work and I’m thinking about the novel I am attempting to write and a conversation between the characters rolls through my head. I try to imagine I’m JK Rowling whose Harry Potter idea came to her also on a train 🙂 But then I wonder, if people knew what I was thinking, basically imagining voices in my head, and I wasn’t a writer, would they think I was crazy?
When you’re a writer you are plonking yourself head first into a made up world – you’re imagining people and places even down to hair colour and accents. You go back to how you were in childhood playing with your imaginary friends (yes I had several – I was an only child!) and it’s something you have to do if you want to write fiction. In any other sphere of life, such behaviour would be bordering on insane.
That got me thinking about how many talents from the past, geniuses of their time, have brushed with mental instability. Heck, maybe you have to be a bit crazy to come up with great works or inventions. You definitely need to think a little bit differently from everyone else.
See Easy A to illustrate this point ….
” I don’t know whether you’re a genius or just insane,” Brandon.
“Don’t those two sort of go hand in hand?” Olive
I actually think it’s cool to be a bit crazy and embrace all our imaginations and thinking-out-of-the-box brains because history tells us that’s how great stuff is born and made. This is particulary true for paranormal writers like myself – what normal people come up with monsters, demons, blood suckers and killers who girls can’t help but fall in love with? Who else is happy to be locked alone all day with just a computer and mythical ceature for the day? Who else lives a good part of their day in a world that will never exsist?
At least we’re all using this borderline insanity for a good cause. Great fiction. Although there will always be part of me that wonders if we should be using it for evil instead …
Do you have to be crazy to be a writer? Want to take over the world with me? 🙂