I have often heard of actors whom "become" their current role as a way to better understand the character. I never would have thought that there was a such thing as a "Method Writer," but I think I am one.
I realized this first when I started playing RPG- I felt like I was in the mind of my characters. I often had to remind myself that the members and their respective characters were not the same entities- and that I could not start fires with the mere thought of doing so, could have been fun though
I truly understood the whole concept when I started working on Carlin's Toys, if I am not thinking like Alaskas would, and trying best to make my mood match that of the current tone, then the writing is weak. I often feel writers' block and have to reread everything so that I have run the same gamut of emotions as my MC, Alaska, and have returned to her mindset.
I think this is part of the reason my characters seem to linger in my mind after I've finished "dealing" with them, and it's also the reason I cannot write a character too like myself- there's no fun in playing yourself
A good thing, though, is that the characteristics that my characters have and I could definitly benefit from tend to "rub off" on me so I find myself gaining Chrys' steel and Alaska's ability to detatch.
Long story short, ie my point in this, am I the only one who finds his/herself in this situaion when writing?
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