Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Persona Non Grata

I'm a closet writer--I do a lot of writing, but rarely send anything out (Although I do have a few things out at the moment.)

One time, I had written a story in the third person and decided that particular story might be served better by being written in the first person, so I started over in the first person, but the voice of that person was so alarming and disturbing I could not continue writing.

I hate books where the main character is obnoxious and unlikable, but that was just the the kind of voice that was coming out of ME! It frightened me, and I didn't want to think that that person lived inside me. Is that part of ME?

I like Dean Koontz and Childs and Preston's Pendergast because they seem to have HONORABLE characters, even if bad (horrid) things happen.

Now I am curious, though, what would happen if I continued writing that story I put aside? I'f I can locate it in the chaos of my life, I might experiment with it.

People have often said to me that I am nicer in correspondence than I am in person--but also, they've said the opposite--that if I am angry, they'd rather hear it from me in person that read about it in a letter or email.

Oddly, my poetry is quite dichotomous--it is often either very dark or very light. Same with my art. My prose tends to explore more of the grey areas.


Coffeypot said...

First of all, it's good to see a picture of my ex again. Secondly, that type person is in all of us. Bring her out and see what you can do with her. Just remember that there are other folks in you, too. Not just that one person. But if not, forget you know me.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL! :-)

I don't like that side of myself at all! :-(