Hatching People

The August, 2022 topic from Rhobin Courtright is, “How do you create your characters–their quirks, habits, values, and what part they will play in the story, etc.? Do you have a process or do they come to you instinctively?”

My immediate reaction was, “I’ll ask my characters.”

Flora Fielding answered, “Ridiculous. You didn’t create me. I created you because I needed a scribe for my report from the future.”

Since women rule in that future, I couldn’t argue with her, so sidestepped the issue, asking, “Yes, but who created the people you found there?”

She told me, that entire world with its environment, rules and inhabitants was created by a 21st Century physically handicapped genius, Tony Califeri, so of course he had to have created her so she could create me.

I gave up and asked Sylvia Kryz. Typically modest and self-effacing, she said, “I’m only an old woman placed by fate into a situation where I could be of benefit to many people. But of course, I recorded that incredible nine months in my journal. I suppose you must be the editor my son hired after my death to make it suitable for publication.”

This is supposed to be an essay on writing, and therefore of interest to other writers who may want to steal my techniques (welcome! Go for it!) and to readers who want to see how it is done. So, I asked the most advanced spirit I know, who is Maraglindi. After all, she (or more properly, She) came here to be a guardian spirit for us little humans. She manifested to me with a kind smile. “Bob, my son,” She said, “You are doing My work, which is also His work. You are a Professional Grandfather, so of course I chose you to tell my story.”


“Yes, but Rhobin wants me to write something that will enable other people to do it, too. Please help!”

“All right, dear little Bob. Close your eyes… Focus on your breathing… Now, get in tune with the divine spirit that is you. You are not your body, but are using your body as a temporary tool. Now, simply, go where you need to go.”

That’s it.

Actually, I have described this in one of my older posts, and I am sure other round robiners have offered golden words of advice. Do look them up — after commenting here.
Robin Courtright
Skye Taylor
Connie Vines
Fiona McGier
Anne Stenhouse

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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9 Responses to Hatching People

  1. fionamcgier says:

    My characters regard me as the annoying writer who is often too busy right when they want to tell their stories, so I can write it down. I’ve had them alternately nag, yell at me, then go quiet to pout when I’m busy with my day job. I’m not a professional gramma, only a beginner. But I try to respect all people–even imaginary ones who live in my mind! Once I write their stories, they can live in readers’ minds, so they leave me alone–unless they want a sequel. LOL.

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  2. Sue Rich says:

    Good response. LOL I talk to mine all the time.

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  3. Skye-writer says:

    You are definitely a talented entertainer. And I love the title of this blog. Hatching characters indeed! Maybe all our characters really are there before we meet them and it’s only once we’ve gotten to know them we find ourselves putting them into our stories?

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  4. I guess it doesn’t matter where or whom the information is coming from… it is still all flowing from your mind.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      And that mind is a tiny bubble of the same Mind as that of yours, of a squid in the depths of the ocean or of an eagle soaring above. All is One, and perhaps that is the source of our inspiration,


  5. Love it, Bob. anne

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