Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Help I'm Poly-fragmented

I'm reading Criminal Mind by Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D. and I'm beginning to wonder if I, and perhaps all writers, are Poly-fragmented Disassociative people suffering from identity disorders. I mean it seems to fit. Multiple, even hundreds of personalities in one body...I am guilty.

 With 40 some books and other pieces of published work - as a fiction writer...I must take on all these personalities to make them believable, to make them real to a reader.

When I write a character's part in my latest novel (or having done it in any of the previous ones) I become that person in my mind, my actions, my contributions to the story need to be consistent with what that person in this given situation might do. Am I treading on dangerous ground? In the unlikely chance that I would be called to trial to testify to some murder that I solved (unwittingly with my writing) as an expert witness...what would I say?  What would you say?

I must pose this question to Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, Tess Gerritsen or another favorite Lisa Gardner...I wonder how they would answer it. How would you?

I'll be waiting for your comments.

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