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.”
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.