Paranormal Writing

I’m not talking about writing paranormal things, but the experience of the writing itself acquiring a paranormal element.

The process of creating stories is an arcane one at the best of times. Characters, situations and settings materialise out of the air. Where does inspiration come from? There are times when it feels more like channelling, than invention. Every now and then, I write something, and it turns out to be true.

The first time it happened was in my teens, I wrote a character whose grandfather died, and within about a week, my grandfather died. That unsettled me. Then at college, I borrowed one of my tutors for a private investigator character, and then later found out that he had a love of Noire and PI stuff. I wrote a story for a Bisexual anthology, featuring a capricious, theatrical lass with long red hair and trouble forming deep relationships. Six months later she turned up in my life – older than the fictional character, but otherwise uncannily similar.

 Most of the time I don’t base my characters too much on one person – there are exceptions, but largely I make composites, drawing influences and traits from multiple sources. But, inspired by a very musical friend of mine, I set about writing a novel involving a band – fantasy setting. I knew my friend was in a band, but not much about them. So it was rather odd going to a gig of his, and seeing the guys he played with, and realising I had written them. I’d got a lot of how they looked, and temperament, stage presence etc.  That’s a few examples. It happens rather a lot to me.

 When I’m working on a story, I often have no sense of where it’s coming from, or what elements of it might turn out to be true. Looking back afterwards can be peculiar to say the least. Stories are alive, they have minds of their own, and their own peculiar relationship with the rest of reality.

4 thoughts on “Paranormal Writing”

  1. Interesting. I do know that when my life is going down a good path, and there’s not a lot of stress, I have moments when a story flows just right onto the page, no glitches, no stalling, almost no edits required.(Beyond those required by my terrible typing skills). Those are the moments I know this is what I’m meant to do. Some ‘force’ somewhere knows more than me and gives me glimpses, sometimes, of the gift of writing in it’s purest form. It’s amazing.


  2. Haven’t had that happen in my writing but sometimes in real life…I’ll think about someone in the public eye who hasn’t been heard of recently and within a few days, they turn up…deceased, starting a new film or book, in some way. The most recent time was two days ago when I suddenly said, apropos of nothing, “Whatever happened to Michael Keaton?” Two days later, an article in the paper stated he was starring in and directing a movie and would be the voice of Ken in Toy Story 3. I personally hadn’t heard anything about him since Batman. Coincidence? It happens too many times.


  3. After reading this:

    “When I’m working on a story, I often have no sense of where it’s coming from, or what elements of it might turn out to be true . . .”

    and thinking back, I now realize that my series of children’s stories were written with supernatural assistance. The stories were inspired from spending time with my grandson, but each story took a life of its own and incorporates a life lesson.

    Thanks for sharing this.


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