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Is adoption in fiction necessarily melodramatic?:

 26 montmorencey, Thu, 18th Apr '13 6:25:30 PM from the quaint town of Grimm, Bismarck and Gauss
So...yeah.
Hm, I'm not sure I agree with that one entirely. It seems to be the popular opinion that a writer is not allowed to get really emotionally invested in their characters unless it's going to culminate in bad writing, but I don't buy into it.

How can you possibly write about something you're not invested in, neck and crop?

I act out whole dialogues in front of a mirror, I have a ritual of getting myself to sleep which involves imagining I'm one of my characters and developing some scene. In fact, I go through most of my daily routine with some character sitting in the back of my head.

My beta tells me that the characters for which I do this have the most dimension, while those for whom I don't tend to fall flat.

Diversity is not a matter of holding your characters at an arms length at all cost. It's a matter of flexibility within your own mind.

Sure, eventually, I have to distance myself from the characters in order to avoid Narm and Creator's Pet and whatever in the writing process.

But that's how I create characters and I refuse to believe that it's necessarily a mark of bad writing.
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 27 Night, Thu, 18th Apr '13 8:21:51 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Who you are does not matter.
Writing, good writing, is very often about thinking as the character. That's not the same thing as being invested in the character, because one of them comes from inside you and is wrapped up in all your own BS about your view of the world and your prejudices and your tendencies.

That's you.

You are not the character. (Unless you are and then, well, you might be commercially successful with the next Left Behind or Anita Blake series, but your dedication to the craft of writing is debatable.)

It's like the old story about how, if you ask an actor what the movie they're in is about, they will respond as if it is about their character. That's what makes them effective actors. But a wider range of responsibilities falls upon the shoulders of a writer. (Other characters, just for a start. The plot tends to rear its ugly head too.) Even getting invested in a message tends to result in a lessened quality of work.

edited 18th Apr '13 8:22:49 PM by Night

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