Writing fiction is one of my favorite things to do. The ability to weave words together to create other worlds leave me enthralled. Any character that steps into the realms of my creative mind, I’m able to absorb who they are. This allows me to express them in the best way I can.
My characters present themselves in the way they want to be seen. Often times, they come to me one way and as I get to know them, I learn about the different layers of their personalities.
Sometimes I judge my characters and this determines their fate. I had one character that took me a long time to get around to listening. There was something off about that character, but over time I decided every story needed to be shared. It is not up to me to decide who gets exposure and who does not.
It has been said that like attracts like. This disturbed me considering some of the characters I read about are sinister. Does this mean the author has sinister sides to them that are being revealed on the page? I certainly hope not.
However, we all have shadow sides to ourselves. This does not mean writers are going to act out all the depraved actions the characters do. If so, then it’s a pretty scary world out there. There are few writers who do take things a bit too far and do get a bit out of hand. Good thing is that those numbers are in single digits. I hope so anyways.
One disturbing fact a person shared with me a long time ago was this: Whatever your thinking, it’s happening to someone in real life somewhere else.
This was enough to warp my thinking for the rest of my life. It’s also the main cause of why I like to think about rainbows. No sense in the possibility of someone having flesh eating slugs crawl up their arm in the middle of the night.
Writing about the dark, the sinister, the creepy, and the weird takes a bit of talent. The writer has to have a sense of not caring what other people think. If you’ve been thinking about writing a disturbing scene — by all means do it. Life is not about unicorns and rainbows. There is pain and strife. Take a risk and write out that freaky scene you’ve been wanting to write. It just may find the perfect home in a horror e-zine!
Oh, by the way. If you do write creepy passages, don’t be like this teacher.
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Meli Halstead is a kickass intuitive teacher who helps writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles. She has held several workshops to help writers get their thoughts into book form. Her goal for the 2014 – 2015 year is to help 1300 writers write their book. She has written and published several short stories in her life time. She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking. She blogs regularly atwww.writersoracle.com.
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