Thursday, March 18, 2010

Guest Blog with Lisa M. Campbell

Schizophrenia and the Writer;
or What's that pervert doing behind the tree?
By: Lisa M. Campbell

E.L. Doctorow once said, "Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." As a reader, I never understood. Now, as a writer, I agree with part of that quote, as I tend to live inside my head more often than not. I'm just not certain the way I go about the writing process is socially acceptable.

Merriam-Webster dictionary describes schizophrenia as "a psychotic disorder characterized by loss of contact with the environment, by noticeable deterioration in the level of functioning in everyday life."

In the beginning, I had a problem with Doctorow's assertion until I dissected this statement and realized his quote wasn't too far off the mark. After all, those of us who write fiction, and romance in particular, spend a lot of time shaping characters, situations, and places in our imagination, agonizing over their fictional lives for days, months and sometimes years.

Now, before you shake your head in complete denial, check your concentration level the next time you study a couple sharing a passionate kiss. Ask yourself this question. Were you a bit more interested in cataloguing hand and lip placement for the upcoming first kiss scene in your manuscript, rather than giving the couple a passing glance? Uh-huh, thought so. Now that I have your attention, ask yourself another question. Do you find yourself falling off chairs, or skulking around corners to eavesdrop on private conversations for the sake of character development? What interests you more, the topic of the discussion, or the emotions behind it? If you have answered at least one of these questions, you, my fellow writer, are completely uninvolved within your external environment. Mmm-hmm… shocking, is it not?

A solitary person, I shy away from such behaviors in my un-writing life, and yet, I have no problem indulging in these dubious traits for the sake of my story. Therefore, I can safely assume this is writer's schizophrenia taking over. Now what, you may ask? Well, the next step should be admitting there is a problem, and finding a solution to correct the behavior before you wind up in an arraignment hearing.

Unfortunately, it's difficult to pin down such inappropriate actions if you're unaware of them. Enlisting the aid of family and friends is a proactive first step, though I have to admit my own husband isn't always useful in certain circumstances. He's a great help positioning himself between my subjects and me when he sees I'm sidling closer to a group, notepad at the ready, to record outbursts and the like. However, he's more than eager to parse a few love scenes when I want to confirm positions or pacing. In this instance, he supports my schizophrenia one hundred percent---and in the end that is all any of us wants; one special someone who understands, accepts, and supports the schizophrenic side of a writer's life.

Superstition's Desire
Author: Lisa M. Campbell
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novel

Release Date: June 9, 2009

The lush landscape of the Scottish Highlands holds great beauty, but also great peril. Therefore, when Lady Arabella Wyndmere is spirited away from her English home, she is right to fear for her heart and her welfare.

Held to a deathbed vow, Laird Connal MacRae is honor-bound to deliver Lady Arabella unsullied, to his deposed older brother, as a prize to soothe his ego. Nevertheless, Connal cannot deny the burning ache the spirited beauty has awakened in him.

However, something far more dangerous stalks from the shadows. And in a climate of treachery and betrayal; the greatest risk of all could be surrendering to the depth of feelings of unexpected love.

Author Website

Where to Buy:
All Romance Ebooks
Amazon (paperback)
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  1. Nice guestblog
    And the book sounds interesting, Scotland ;)

  2. Sounds like historical fiction (which I love)! the review is great and now I really want this book.

    PLEASE enter me:)!

  3. Nicole... this is just a guest blog there is no review or contest attached too it. Sorry.

  4. yeh Clapping another story taken place in Scotland always the home of my heart
    Love the cover.
    I'll have to take a closer look at her web site.
    have a good one Ann

  5. NLoved your blog post, Lisa. And yes, I think I am suffering this writerly schizophrenia, myself! I hope there's a medication for it forthcoming--erm my hubby and friends do, at any rate. ;)

    Your novel looks very interesting, too. Thanks for the tantilizing tidbit!


  6. Hi Bloeuedd,

    I'm glad you enjoyed the post! I do love Celtic romance too.

    Hey Nicole,

    I hope you decide to give the book a try anyway. :)

    Hey Alba,
    I have the first 3 chpts posted on my site if you'd like to take a peek!

    Hi JAD,
    Thanks! I had a good time writing it--and the only medication I know of that works is chocolate--LOTS of chocolate.

    Thanks for hosting me Anna!



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