When Characters Take Over

I often joke that being a writer is like holding different conversations in your mind with a thousand different people. This is a truth that many of us can relate to. It feels like some of what we create becomes almost a living entity inhabiting our daily life. Some of what is created is real, corporeal, based on and rooted in truth, and other parts are like recalling memories of a life we did not live, a place we did not inhabit, and still, we find ourselves existing and living there regardless. How to balance the characters that are living there is not easy to do. It is hard to keep them all in balance, it’s hard to quiet one over the others. It’s hard to kill them off, giving birth to them and watching them, its an odd relationship with an imaginary landscape that is real. This article entitled How to Survive Life With Too Many Characters sums up exactly how to deal with this issue. I highly recommend reading it, if you like me, have way too many people in here, and are trying to manage all the stories they are desperately trying to write.

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