29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
I think about writing every day. Even when I don’t sit down and write, I think about what stories I’m working on. Even when I’m not consciously thinking about writing, my brain is working on what I should be writing. It’s the thing I do. Often, it feels like a cloud that hangs over me because there is no division between "work" and "irl." I don’t "go home" at the end of the day and put "work" aside. Writing *is* real life for me.
That might sound a little desperate and isn’t the whole truth. Writing is the thing I want to do (even when I don’t want to do it). I’m not sure there are too many professions that can totally subsume a life. It’s more of a calling than a job. And I can forget about writing when doing something half-minded like playing ultimate frisbee or an MMO or working with HTML. The necessary effort for those things is very different from storytelling. To some degree, that’s why I like those things.
Further, real life informs fiction. But it’s more like my stories and characters remind me of real life, rather than the other way around. For example, in Weordan, Eric started putting together a political-economic situation based on a small area of the world being rich in certain resources. It didn’t take long to see how this would play out like the political-economic situations in the Middle East. There are causes for everything, and if you build a good enough model (Eric’s job) the causes and effects looks much the same in fiction as they do "in real life" even if you’re writing fantasy or science fiction.