Just out of curiosity, does anyone else find themselves referring to their characters as though they're real people? My mom is a writer and I've written a little fiction lately, and we find ourselves having discussions about our characters as though they are people we know intimately. For instance, I'll comment that my character Johannes thinks he is the center of the universe and my mother will comment that her characters love to talk. Other times, my characters "yell" at me for having written bad scenes or dialog involving them. For instance, Oliver is upset with me because I made his letter sound schmaltzy. Is that normal for writers? Are we really a semi-schizophrenic group? Or should I get my head examined?