Tuesday, 5 February 2008

How strange

Yesterday I rewrote the first meeting between the main character (MC) in my novel and an important character (let's call him A). I went into detail, describing how the MC breezed into an unfamiliar office and asked a question of A, who was sitting at a desk. His reaction to her was, well, a little peculiar to say the least.

Today the scenario played itself out (almost as I'd written it) in real life when I went into an unfamiliar office and asked a stranger a question and he reacted in exactly the manner I'd described the previous night.

Fiction + real life x similarity = very strange feeling.

Anyone else feel a bit freaked out when life imitates art?

11 comments:

Yvonne said...

Now that is weird! Hasn't happened to me yet but there's always time...

A. Writer said...

That does sound freaky. Luckily nothing like that has happened to me yet! I think I'd be far too freaked out by it!

Two blog awards for you on my blog! Well done you!

HelenMH said...

To be honest, I think life is full of lots of seriously weird stuff - but I love it. It shows the universe has a sense of humour x

KayJay said...

One of my characters gets drunk and goes out and breaks her ankle. I broke my ankle a few years back (not drunkenly, I hasten to add) and so was able to draw on that experience. However, I was struggling to remember exactly what you can and can't do one-legged.

Until...

This weekend I went out...had one too many...and yep, the ankle. It's not broken but by gawd it is the size of a HAM. A purple, throbbing ham. And I now know exactly what you can and can't do one-legged. So the yoga scene might have to go...

Not exactly life imitating art, but I found it a little ironic.

Sarah*G* said...

Award for you over at mine.

Leatherdykeuk said...

I do!
The scary bit is that I write about demons and angels.

Nichola said...

Why yes, this happens all the time. Excuse me, I must get back to writing the chapter where James Purefoy bursts into my bedroom wearing only a smile and a rose between his teeth...

*cough*

What? WHAT???

KAREN CLARKE said...

That is a bit spooky, but I kind of like it when things like that happen!

Sarah Dunnakey said...

Its freaky but surely a good sign that what you are writing is 'true'. So

Sometimes I think I write about things like encounters with savage dogs, total humiliation during a night out, being sacked, to stop them from happening in real life, but judging from your post and some of the comments this is unlikely to work!

CTaylor said...

Yvonne - I'm sure it will

A.Writer - Oooh TWO awards. Lovely! Will pick them up soon.

Helenmh - Life would be boring without the weird stuff wouldn't it!

KayJay - Nooooooo! You just reminded me of one of my prevous blog posts where I was scared I'd fall off a stepladder like the MC in my novel so promptly decided not to bother taking the Christmas tree up to the attic after all (it's STILL in the hallway).

Hope your ankle isn't too painful.

Sarah*g* - You aswell? Aren't you lot lovely.

Leather - that sounds intriguing. I'd love to hear some angel/devil real life stories.

Nichola - I don't know who James Purefoy is. Does that make me deeply uncool (don't answer that!)

Karen - spooky is good, I agree (unless it's ghosts - then it's very not good)

Sarah - Oh! That's a good point.

Interesting you write to STOP things from happening. I think a lot of writers write about things they'd like to happen - like love affairs, arguments their character have (that they'd be too chicken to have themselves), that kind of thing. That said I write a lot about death so maybe I'm more with you on this one (though I get the feeling I'm onto a losing battle with my particular subject!)

SallyQ said...

James Purefoy is completely edible and I'd be quite happy to have just the premonition of him ravishing me, let alone the fact ;-)He played the Black Knight in A Knight's Tale and was in Resident Evil with Milla svavovovvvvich (that's the correct spelling of her name, I'm sure of it!)

Your event is spooky though, Cally! But as the others have said, it makes life more interesting.