Very apropos. I'm toying with an idea for a new book centered on an obsessed, sometimes violent, but otherwise amiable woman who makes deleterious decisions costing her all she holds dear, including her sanity. This is where the question of how to make your protagonists/antagonists resonate with others comes into play.
Is craziness so far off for any of us?
Is obsession the same as passion?
For myself, writing goes far beyond the simple, "I like to do it." IS that the same as saying I'm obsessed?
Let's look at the symptoms:
1 - I do it for hours every day. Even weekends and holidays.
2 - I talk about it as much as possible keeping in mind that not everyone can relate... or cares for that matter.
3 - My characters are real to me. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” EL Doctorow
4 - It's hard not to do it. When away from my computer, I keep a note pad with me so I can jot down mannerisms or funny observations.
Okay, it would appear that I am, in fact, obsessed. Therefore, I can relate to my character. But will others?
Comments and suggestions are certainly welcome. Also, does anyone have any good reading recommendations for stories told from the villain's perspective?