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Special thanks again to gcarmack from over at Don’t Judge a Book By Its Movie for including me in this challenge one more time. Using yesterday’s quote was a good lesson for me. When I read it, I automatically assumed Keillor was talking about adults and scars. But as Jeanie from Doodle T pointed out, it’s very different when you’re talking about children. It made me realize I need to be more discerning in which quotes to use. And now I’m curious about the actual context of the quote. May go looking for it.

So let’s try it again! This is a quote by Anne Tyler for all you writers out there. 😀

I write because I want to live other lives. I’ve never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Writing is my way of making other chances. It’s lucky I do it on paper. Probably I would be schizophrenic — and six times divorced — if I weren’t writing.

medium CalenI SO get that. “Calensariel” is my character I wrote for an rpg a decade ago. Over the years her character has become more and more defined and I almost feel as if I’m living another life through her — in Tolkien’s Middle Earth. She has an extensive biography, plus has been on a Tolkien-type adventure of immense proportions!

So what do you think? Do you feel like Anne Tyler that experiencing alternate lives is a part of why you write? I’ll bet some of you guys have your own alter egos out there, too! Do you care to share anything about them? Now’s your chance to tell the world what other kind of life you might have liked to live! 

I’m not going to be nominating anyone to do this challenge, but if you want to jump in and do some of your own, please leave a pingback here and I’ll pass it on to gcarmack.