Monday, August 23, 2010

Madness, thy name is Me, Myself, and I...Or Is It Axel?

Welcome friends, foes, and ninjas! This is the first of what will hopefully be many posts.  Starting now, I am going to attempt to write and post thoughtful rambles about writing on a somewhat regular basis.

Know that all you read here is nothing more or less than the musings of a writer who probably should be sleeping instead of blogging.

Let's start with a quote about writing and see what comes to mind.

"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia."  ~E.L. Doctorow

Now a question. What comes first? The schizophrenia or the writing?

Though both are possible, I find the latter possibility to be more interesting.  That is, the case when writing leads to a  separation of personalities.
Before the writing begins, the personality is whole. Made up of many conflicting and different aspects, yet seamlessly integrated into the persona known as Me. The Master personality. My Me is Audra. Audra is my total; the sum of my mental parts. Once upon a couple of years ago, Audra decided to start writing a story and since all good stories must have one, she created a character. As they say, you write best about what you know best. And who do you know better than yourself? Thus, the first additional persona was born. A young woman by the name of Carmen Wesson took shape upon the paper. At first, Carmen was so similar to Audra as to make no difference, but soon enough, she began to distance herself from her creator. Carmen became the personification of a few choice aspects of the master personality. Now Carmen must exist within the creator's mind as a unique individual. So, when Audra writes about Carmen, to be most accurate, she must become Carmen, so as to write about what Carmen would so and how Carmen would react. Along the same lines, Axel Nightblade came to be. And many more will come as new stories are written.  
Muse this as you will and may you have as much fun as this writer did.