Sunday, September 18, 2011
Sometimes when I am writing, I'll pause to allow the next part of a scene to unroll in my mind. I look out the window, gaze at the lake. Yesterday, I saw a groundhog sitting tranquilly in the yard, gazing at the lake. Was he, too, pausing in his work to let his thoughts realign? Or simply to contemplate the serene lake?
I thought about layers: I was watching the groundhog watching, much like I, the writer, observe my character, who is observing/thinking/acting.
Later in the day, I noticed the groundhog had turned around and seemed to be watching me.
Odd feeling, that. Sometimes when I am well into a book, I get the eerie feeling that the main character has turned to me, as if to say, "Well, now what?"