"Of course you're real- like any thought or story. It's real when you're in it." ~Markus Zusak (I Am the Messenger)
To all the writers out there:
Do you ever feel that the characters in your novels or stories existed long before you ever penned them? I may just be crazy, but I do. Sometimes it's like they're guiding me to that "Aha!" moment after a bout of writer's block. I've heard other (AKA real) authors say similar things. In one writer's autobiography, she said how she had been stuck while working on her latest mystery novel. She couldn't figure out what was wrong until she had a dream where her characters informed her that she had pegged the wrong person as the murderer. They went on to tell her who had actually committed the crime. When she tackled her book again, she realized that her characters were right! Likewise, Neal Shusterman (author of Everlost, Full Tilt, etc.), posted a conversation he had with one of his characters on his blog. The chat had helped him worked out some issues he was having with the plot. (The conversation is also pretty funny- I recommend you read it.) Of course, this doesn't prove that these characters are real, but it's still kind of incredible, isn't it? And maybe our protagonists are only in our heads, but as Dumbledore wisely said," Of course this is happening in your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?"
What about you? Have your characters ever "spoken" to you?
(The link to the hilarious Neal Shusterman's blog: http://nstoryman.wordpress.com/)