It's not easy
being a writer. I get too emotionally attached to my characters. When I wrote
chapter 2 I wanted to explain how Princess Aisha had become ill. One logical
explanation of a psycho-somatic illness is PTSD. This is where she acquired a
mother and a grandmother. I had not previously thought about them.
The day I wrote that chapter, I was walking with my wife and telling her how my
story was going. When I got to the aftermath of the suicide bombing I started
crying. It was just a few tears and one sob. Granted we were going to visit a
friend who's husband had just passed away on the previous day. Still, it made me
think about how attached to my characters I get. It also made me somewhat angry.
Here I was trying to write a fairy tale and the real world was encroaching on my
imagination. I thought that perhaps I could re-write the paragraph, but it made
perfect sense just the way it was. I am usually upset when a writer builds up a
character just to kill him/her three quarters through the story. In my case, it
was quick, down and dirty. Grandma had a very short appearance, before dying
I try as much as I can to place my fictions within the real world. Thus a lot of
research goes into my prep work. For example The Old Man of the Mountain (Rashid
ad-Din Sinan) was a real person who suspended the Islamic law in 12th century
Syria for a while. He was an important figure in the Hashashin (Assasins) sect,
a name given to the Nizari Ismailis. 10-15 million Nizari Ismailis are still
alive to this day.
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