Down The Rabbit Hole by Susan Lute
I love the Matrix trilogy (films). They are stories about how things aren’t always what they seem on the surface, and if you tumble down the rabbit hole, you’re likely to discover a reality that is vastly different from the mask we live with every day.
That’s what has happened since I became an indie author. While being wildly exciting (now – I was more cautious when I published my first book), it’s also been wildly challenging to adapt to this new world of publishing. Today, my third indie novel, The Return Of Benjamin Quincy is in production (I like the sound of that), and with any kind of luck will be on sale before the end of December. By then I’ll also, hopefully, have started the next project.
So here I am, “taking a break”. What does an author do on their ‘break’? I usually limit my breaks to one week, but this one has stretched into two, and I hate to say it, could end up being three. Since all my deadlines are self-imposed, this isn’t a big problem, except that nagging need inside my chest to stop piddling around and get back to writing. But ignoring that, I’m wrapping presents, thinking about when I can dangle tinsel on the tree while watching my favorite Christmas movie, hanging stockings and wreaths. Family is in town for an early holiday week, so I’m spending as much time as possible with them. I’m sightseeing, reading (Kerrelyn Sparks’ Sexiest Vampire Alive), taking pictures, editing them, and kind of cleaning off the desk (a day in a writer’s life, right?)
In the midst of all this, I came across these notes, which was the real stimulus for this post. I believe I was listening to Michael Hauge when I took them. He talks a lot about stripping away a character’s mask to find their essence. So here are my notes:
Identity: tough girl
If her identity is stripped away, what’s left? Courage.
Who is she really? Who would she become if she had the courage to go fully into her essence?
Identities protect us because we believe that’s who we really are.
Obviously this note is the rambling of a writer’s mind who is trying to understand her character. It’s that tumble down the rabbit hole in search of truth, and for me, courage. Standing at the bottom of the rabbit hole with a whole other world in front of me, looking up at the only way out, I begin to wonder (as Mr. Hauge does)…are these notes about my characters? Or, are they really about me, the writer?
What do you think? Have you tumbled down the rabbit hole? If you have, what something new did you discover?
Posted on December 18, 2011, in General and tagged courage, discovery, down the rabbit hole, essence, identity, kerrelyn sparks, mask, Matrix, michael hauge, Susan Lute, true self. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.