The Muse and His Twin
Writing is strange. Life is strange. Sometimes the strangeness correlates.
I am being more purposeful in organizing for this next book, my new work-in-progress. I really want to scope the whole storyline, characters, settings, interactions, relationships, and world before I even begin writing the story itself. It’s painful. Words keep wanting to take over. However, I know that if I organize ahead of time, the story will write itself much easier. In the past I’ve just written, and then had to contend with rewrite after rewrite after rewrite . . . ad nauseam.
But there is also discovery to be found in the organization of a story.
For one thing, I wanted to get a grasp of what the characters look like. I decided to look for actors and actresses who look like what I want my characters to look like. It helps me to continue visualizing them, to stare into their eyes and pull their story out of them. I’ve been paying attention while watching television and films, and scrolling through imdb for faces that do this for me.
I recently re-watched a movie that I hadn’t seen in a few years and am entranced by its male romantic lead. I love his voice, and I just can’t stop looking at the panes of his face. He has a haunted quality to him that works perfectly for one of the central characters in The Foundling Project.
And here’s where the strangeness of life imitating art, or perhaps the other way around, comes in. My character in The Foundling Project has a secret twin brother. Upon researching the actor who has become my character’s muse, looking for more pictures of his perfect face, guess what I found out?
Yep, he has a twin.
Well, anyway, I contacted him on Twitter, just because I could. I sent him a message saying “I hope you don’t mind if I use your face as my muse for a novel I’m writing in 2013.”
The next day my muse, or more likely one of his people, followed me back on Twitter. How’s that for a shot in the arm?
Well, as a shout-out to my new muse, I’ll post a photograph of him and his twin brother . . . hopefully whetting your appetites for a story that incorporates their perfect faces.
Here’s hoping you find your muse in 2013.
Posted on January 3, 2013, in Writing and tagged 2013, actors, art imitates life, drama, entertainment, imdb, life, life imitates art, life is strange, Luke and Matt Goss, Luke Goss, Matt Goss, muse, muses, novels, twin brothers, twitter, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.