Saturday 25 January 2014

Antisocial Behaviour

Barnaby has been wondering if writing constitutes antisocial behaviour? Clearly, this isn't taken to the level of causing civil disturbance or general nuisance, but it is true that authors shun social company when they are in creative mode, however gregarious they might be at other times.
How many authors have a special writing place, be it a shed, an attic or simply a room with a door where they can shut themselves away from the intrusion of everyday life while they are writing? (And how many who don't, wish that they did?).
The aim of the fiction writer is to create a world for his reader that is sufficiently convincing for them to get fully immersed, even lost, in. Before the words can appear on the page, however, that world has to be created in the head of the writer. It can be difficult to maintain the consistent illusion of that fantasy if there are constant interruptions from people, telephones, family, doorbells, pets or any of the other myriad of potential attention seekers.
It is also likely to be the case that the author is carrying around the plot and the characters from his latest oeuvre inside his head and developing plot lines or constructing dialogues, even when he is not actually sat at the keyboard typing, thus appearing distracted, unfriendly, unwelcoming of human contact, or just downright anti social.
Or is it just me?
You can come into Barnaby's fantasy world by downloading any of his e-books, or purchasing a paperback. More information at  He promises that your visit will be very welcome.

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