writers should be strange

People who write fiction often see the world a little differently.

We eavesdrop on conversations in public places, making mental notes of spoken lines that would sound good in stories. We pick apart movies and books, not because we didn’t like them, but because taking a critical approach to others’ stories makes our own stories better. We dream weird-ass dreams. We discuss our characters as though they are real people, not figments of our own creation. Some of us, the really strange ones, even talk about our muses by name, insisting that they are real–really real–and taking offense when others give us that you’ve-got-to-be-kidding look.

Okay, granted, those are the strange things I do. Maybe you do some of them. Maybe you have your own weirdnesses.

Whatever the case, if you’re a writer, your imagination should be unleashed. That’s what fuels your stories, after all. And the moment you let your imagination run wild, you’re going to start indulging some quirks. It will happen. You’ll adopt rituals that mean nothing to anyone but you. You’ll see the threads of possible stories in all kinds of odd places. You may even end up talking to yourself, possibly arguing with yourself and/or your characters, about what should happen next.

And you know what? That’s okay. It’s even fun.

My point? Don’t try to hide the weirdness. It’s nothing to be embarrassed by. Instead, embrace it as a part of the creative process and enjoy it. Give in to that child-like part of your mind that still day-dreams and let your imagination out of its neat little box.

Keeping your mind and imagination engaged (even when you’re not writing) is a big part of writing fiction. Don’t hamper your own creativity by trying to be ‘normal’, whatever the hell that is. Instead, free the beast and let your imagination romp as much as it wants to.

I promise, it’ll make your stories (and your life) better.


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