Sometimes when I’m writing I have to think about my characters’ back story, sometimes it arrives with the characters themselves, preformed almost. Sometimes I have to think carefully about why a person is behaving the way they are and write something to explain it, to fill in their history; however sometimes their lives are revealed as the story develops and it’s almost as if it comes from somewhere other than my imagination… almost as if they are real people and these things have really happened! That does sound a little crazy – I do know that my characters are fiction, really! I know they are not real but just inside my head!
I do surprise myself sometimes though, because something which is almost casually written, for no specific reason, links with a later incident or action, as if I had planned it, and had some idea of where the story was going… this surprises me, probably more than my reader who (I hope) will think It was all part of the plotting! I’ve been particularly aware of this in my latest story, when I mentioned aspects of my four Radwinter brothers’ characters and relationships with each other in the early chapters. Now I am editing the story, I am surprised, and delighted how these little ‘insights’ tie in to the conclusion.
Maybe my head is too full of stuff…
Older people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, so to do humans take longer to access information, it has been suggested. Researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline.“The human brain works slower in old age,” said Dr. Michael Ramscar, “but only because we have stored more information over time The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10584927/Brains-of-elderly-slow-because-they-know-so-much.html