Back story

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

4 Comments

  1. david lewis

    I have dreams lately that would blow your socks off. They have characters and plots that have absolutely no relevance to anything I have personally experienced, read or seen on tv. They can be sensual and unusual but very rarely scary or morbid. I think Freud would have liked to have had me on his couch for a few sessions. I think that there are different forms of existence we can only partake of in dreams or with the aid of psychadelic drugs. Aldouse Huxley died from an injection of LSD and checked out of this world to partake of the next

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  2. david lewis

    No I don’t because they are really all short stories or snippets with no coherent pattern or relationship to one another. I tried reading about quantum mechanics and Neils Bohr once but about all of it lost me. It seems that there are parallel universes that we can exist in at the same time and some times .for whatever reason we can get a peek at them, though not interact. Your characters exist in another time and space and want and need you to give them life, meaning and the means to communicate. Dont fight it or ask why!

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    1. Lois

      Gosh… quantum mechanics… I don’t even know what that means (my son did try and explain it… I was none the wiser! The idea of parallel universes is fascinating… perhaps that should be another story for me to write!

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