Well, it’s official. Science has finally proven it: True creatives walk a fine line along the edge of crazy. Read this fascinating article in Scientific American about the link between specific mental illnesses and creativity.
In short, both creative genius and schizotypal disorders are caused by a lowering of the filters between different types of information (internal and external, one sense and another, one type of experience and others, etc.), allowing leak-through, which results in new and interesting… and sometimes totally cray-cray… combinations to emerge.
One example is when the brain interprets internal and external stimuli in the same way… so that, for instance, a schizophrenic “hears voices” that a normal person would interpret as their own internal monologue.
So, anyway. In totally unrelated news, I spent my entire writing hour this morning in conversation with my main character. Here’s a partial transcript:
Me: Jed, what do you want?
Jed: Um. I, I just, I wish everyone would get along.
Me: But Jed, what do YOU want?
Jed: For, I want, I want Nat to be happy.
Me: That’s what Nat wants. What do YOU want?
Jed: I want Nat and Cons to like each other.
Me: But what do you want for YOU?
Jed: I don’t know. I, uh. I guess, I don’t know.
Me: Do you want Nat to like you?
Jed: Yes, I guess so.
Me: Do you miss your family?
Jed: Yes, but, I, uh, I wish Nat … I just want Nat to be happy.
Me: And to like you, right? Do you wish Nat would hug you more?
Jed (blushing): I guess so. Yeah. Can you… can I tell you something? You, uh, you can’t tell anyone… okay?
Me: Okay. I won’t.
And then he told me. You didn’t think I’d tell you what he said, did you? That’s just between us. I don’t spill other peoples’s secrets.
So anyway. I’m back. It feels good. The break was right, you were all right, I needed it. And my main character… well, he’ll be interesting now, because I’m interested in him. In fact, I’m slightly crazy about him.