July 26, 2012
A writer's life....drag queens, picnics, and Bob Newhart.
In my novel I have a drag queen whose name I have yet to create. Any suggestions? After attending a couple drag shows, okay I'm a groupie, I truly feel I can create a character who is a drag queen without feeling I'm totally out of my element writing about men who perform as women.
One of the reasons I like to write is it allows me to inhabit other worlds. I like to meet a variety of people anyway, and I'm always ready to pack my bags and go, so it's fun for me to try out new experiences to incorporate into my writing. I'll tell you a secret... most writers are always taking something they hear or see or do and putting the experience into a mental file system with the hopes they can pull it out some day and insert it into one of their stories. So be careful how much you tell a writer. Except me, of course. I'm the epitome of discretion. Not.
I don't set any of my stories in Chicago though I grew up near the city. I don't know why. I'd like for my next novel (yes I will finish this current one) will have a Chicago angle. I want to somehow include this sculpture in a scene. Haven't figure out how yet, but I'm glad I know it exists and one day I'll find a way to use it. Maybe I'll have young lovers kissing on the bench in front of Bob. Can't let such a cool looking Bob Newhart go to waste!
Some writers only write about one area or place. I can't think about one of my favorite writers, Laura Ingalls Wilder, without thinking of the endless prairies of South Dakota. I appreciate those type of writers because I believe they truly love the place they write about. Other writers like to take you places all around the world. I thank those writers, too, because I am able to travel to some places I never want to go...like Iraq. And then there's the author who write Fifty Shades of Grey who took me to places I never want to go again.
I guess in some ways writers are like drag queens. We like to entertain and and become somebody we're not, if just for a little while. Writers march to the beat of a different drum, just like the queens, and they know they must do it with their own one-of-a-kind style.