M is for Madness. Moments of Madness. Those crazy feelings that every writer undergoes. Those weird feelings that creep up on us, taking us unaware and making us do all kinds of stupid things just to get into the skin of the character.
A writer I admire said in an interview that as the protagonist in her book was an old man who suffered from a dry cough, she would cough in front of the mirror just to hear the sound of that cough and see how her throat feels after the dry cough, so that she could describe it authentically. She said that she must have coughed 100 times. If that is not a Moment of Madness, then what is?
I have my moments of madness. I start several projects with weird characters and then after a few days when the madness subsides I have deserted the project for my faithful companion: the current WIP.
Have you ever tried any such thing all for the sake of getting into the skin of the character?
Note: this is my post for the A to Z Challenge. My theme is Emotions and Feelings writers experience.