I’ve begun to notice a strange trend happening while I write. Whenever I have my character sighing, I sigh to imitate their current emotion.
Is this normal?
I can understand why this may happen. We spend so much time perfecting our characters, bringing out their personalities for months or even years. It’s no wonder that we will sometimes take on their characteristics, if only to focus our own thoughts on the particular scene we are writing.
An itch scratched on the character’s leg becomes the writer’s scratch on the head wondering where the plot goes next. A wince of eyes for them at the terrible accident becomes a wince for us wondering if we should tone things down. A tear shed from their eyes signifies the sorrow in our hearts for a tragedy that may have personally affected us and seemed best to add to the story.
Am I imitating my character, or am I writing to make the character imitate me?
Has it come down to having his life as really mine that I wished to live, an alternate reality that can soothe me when I missed out on such comfort?
Have I carbon copied my life with the emotions I should have had for the situation yet can redeem myself in my character’s eyes?
Fiction in reality, or reality turned into fiction? Either way, I plan to make the best of the story.