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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Last Paragraph

I’ve just finished the last paragraph of the second Elijah Hael novel. It has been a fascinating journey writing this book.  I have become quite fond of Nya and Isaac, two of the new characters introduced. In some ways as an author, I built up a relationship with these fiction characters.  I feel for them emotionally. They become personalities with their individual fears and desires, their particular likes and dislikes, and their own faith and doubts. To me, they become real. They are alive.  The more real they appear to be, the easier it becomes to see them act out scenes with their own unique ways.

When I write, I am visual about it.  Every scene plays in my mind, and then I transcribe it as I see it unfold.  Sometimes I do not even know where a scene is going until it has played out.  I place the characters into a scene and just let my thoughts, based on the personalities created, play out.
I guess you could say it is like a dream, but a semi-controlled dream. Our minds are exceptionally creative. I am sure everyone has a vivid dream and goes, “Wow” where did that come from.  For me, writing is somewhat like dreaming.  

That is not to say it is not hard work.  Writing is.  It takes time, patience and a lot of revising and occasionally some research. Seeing something in your mind, then putting it into words is not always easy, well at least not for me. 
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