#MondayBlogs Do You ‘Take’ Your Characters With You When You’re In The Outside World?

15 Jun


As an author, I spend a lot of my free time on the computer. In fact, between my editing job and my writing time, I spend almost ALL my time on my computer. But you still have to get off the laptop sometimes and explore the world. This is what our guest blogger is discussing today. Author Marcia Carrington talks about how important it is to seek inspiration outside of the computer-sphere. If you’re an author, tell us about stepping away from your work and what that means to you. But first and foremost, let’s welcome Marcia!

Do You ‘Take’ Your Characters With You When You’re In The Outside World? By Marcia Carrington

This is something that I often do whenever I’m not at home, that is, I could be at the mall, waiting at a doctor’s surgery, in line at the supermarket, or at some other such place. I often find that my mind wanders to either characters from stories I’m presently writing or stories that I propose to write and a concept has been gnawing away at me. What will happen to these characters? In which direction should I take them? Would this be a good idea for a story? These are the kinds of questions that pose themselves when I’m out and about.

Maple leaves in Autumn provided by Marcia

Maple leaves in Autumn provided by Marcia

To be honest, I never take any kind of computer with me whenever I’m out of the home, as I find that my mind can wander freer outside, and there are many inspirations that can be experienced. The people you meet, the things you do, the places you go, could all trigger ideas and concepts that you never thought possible, or help you to take a story in another direction.

There is also another associated benefit to leaving the home sphere and going outside into the world. I have found in the past that when I am in the throes of writing and the ideas are becoming stagnant or non-existent in my mind, staying inside can be detrimental. Leaving the home, and going outside into the world, brings a freshness, a change to the mind and body that can definitely assist with writing.


Marcia Carrington writes about the human condition, exploring what makes people tick, but in an upbeat and optimistic tone. She is an interested observer of popular culture, and fan of cinema from all eras and countries, especially from the 1930-1970s. Marcia is a long-time soap opera viewer, watching daytime, and night time serials from a very young age.

Marcia is also a food connoisseur, with a particular love of chocolate, and coffee. The morning coffee has always been a staple for Marcia, and something which she cannot do without. There is just something about the fresh aroma of coffee early in the morning, and anytime for that fact, which proves irresistible to her.

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Want to be a guest blogger? I would love to have you on! I am accepting original posts that focus on reading and writing. A picture and a bio are encouraged. You do not have to be published. If you qualify, please email me at shannonathompson@aol.com.


9 Responses to “#MondayBlogs Do You ‘Take’ Your Characters With You When You’re In The Outside World?”

  1. Shannon A Thompson June 15, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    Thank you for being on today, Marcia! Happy to have you.

    • TGHSLG June 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

      Thank you for having me on your blog Shannon, I enjoyed it greatly!

  2. D. Wallace Peach June 15, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    Enjoyable post today. Where I live I do a lot of driving. My characters always come along. They also hang out in the garden with me. You’re right that a change in venue stirs things up a bit.

    • TGHSLG June 18, 2015 at 6:16 am #

      It’s funny when they seem to appear; in department stores, at cafes….they’re always welcome!

  3. anna marie June 15, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    Reblogged this on annamariepanique.

  4. TGHSLG June 16, 2015 at 5:27 am #

    Reblogged this on Marcia's Book Talk.

  5. Pau June 17, 2015 at 12:22 am #

    My characters are ALWAYS with me and I love seeing them in places outside the computer-sphere. Sometimes I tend to think how they’d be acting in certain places. It’s a fun thing to do. 🙂

    • TGHSLG June 18, 2015 at 6:15 am #

      I agree fully with you!


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