Where would we be without our imaginations?
I have to admit that my imagination has acted as a best friend, and, often, a councillor throughout my life. It has got me through the bad times; it has illuminated the good times.
Over the years I’ve imagined the most fabulous things, places and incidents – great grist to my writer’s mill! To drift away from reality and live in my imagined world is escapism, I know, but why not?
Some times when I am deeply in a scene with my characters as they confront their problems, and ‘live their lives’ I don’t want to leave. They become like real friends to me, and I want to stay on and talk to them, to see what they do next.
I have to say this is especially true for my character, ‘Rose’ in my Rose Rountree mystery series. Rose is so much more organised than I am, I can only admire her diligence and determination.
Do we invent characters with a few of our own traits, or do we deliberately adorn them with character traits we wish we possessed ourselves?
I’d love to hear other writer’s thoughts on this?
I know that my star sign says I’m a dreamer; and I have to attest to this fact; yes, I do daydream constantly. I remember being at school and annoyed that I had to attend to lessons when all I wanted to do was daydream about my future. At this stage of my life I wanted to be a dress designer. I did leave school – far too early – to rush off and ‘achieve my dream’, and immersed myself in design, fabric, patterns and stacks of fashion magazines for some sixteen years. I have to say I was ‘smitten’ with my dream for all those years and could think of nothing else at the time.
When I finally called it quits on the fashion scene – after being bitten by the writing bug – I discovered that I needed to ‘go back to school’ to re-emerge myself in English lessons, books and writing.
Learning something about writing every day – and in these times, the internet and social media– is a great thrill. Thinking about and writing a new story is now what fills me with happiness, and takes up all my daydreaming days!