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November 14, 2012


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Mae Clair

What a fun post! I got a kick out of the "day care center for stray characters" and the secondary characters who move in without any hint of moving out.

I never thought of my brain as a playground, but you're so right about those story ideas and sets of characters who decide to camp out, all vying for attention. They do, however, occasionally make a clamor at night when I'm trying to sleep. Of course, during waking hours, it’s like a carnival up there. I’m glad I’m not the only one entertaining a full house (or is it a commune)? What do they say about writer’s block? It’s when the voices in your head stop talking.

Love, l-o-v-e, LOVE this post, Donna! :)

Heather Boyd

So were we separated at birth (and whisked to the far side of the globe) or is this how writers typically feel? LOL

Donna Cummings

Mae, I'm glad you enjoyed my post! And I think you're right about it being a commune -- people wandering around, doing what they do, and it all kind of works out somehow. Although some days I think it would be great to have some kind of traffic controller there. LOL

Donna Cummings

Heather -- LOL -- you never know! Maybe we were separated at birth. Or maybe we share this playground brain. :)


I don't think that I could work with my head buzzing like yours Donna!

I like to focus down on specifics and eliminate all the background clutter as I try to develop models which simplify complex processes. No doubt that it works for you though.

Reminds me a bit of the physical vacuum. The non-scientist often thinks of the vacuum as nothingness and extremely boring. In fact it's buzzing with virtual particles continuously coming into existence and fading away.

If I tried to model your process, I might make your mind a vacuum with virtual characters popping in and out like the physical vacuum fluctuations. The most interesting would then persist and start to play with you, the lucky ones materialising in the next story.

Must be fun being a virtual character vying for an author's attention.
I'm starting to feel envious! LOL

Donna Cummings

Q, I love the physical vacuum description -- it sounds exactly like what's going on in my head. LOL It could explain why I don't like to have "background noise" on, such as a TV or music, since my brain provides enough of its own!

When I'm editing, I have to send all the other characters on an extended vacation, so I can focus intently on just the one story. I usually get more tired from that, so maybe I need all the energy that comes from all the characters jumping around. LOL

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