And it got me thinking about 'Wish You Were', the novel I'm writing with my friend Karin. And I was thinking, should we be Method Writing our novel? The novel is mainly a two-hander – a long married couple. The man, Trip, is dead but has left some letters for his wife, and appears in flashback. The woman, Ruth, has a number of adventures as she comes to terms with his death.
Now, generally speaking, I've been writing Trip's letters and Karin's been filling in Ruth's story. When we write the flashback dialogue scenes, I tend to be him and Karin her.
So, should I be inhabiting the character of Trip, and should Karin be living her life as though she's Ruth? It could certainly help me separate Trip from the other voice that keeps interrupting when I'm writing the letters or trying to be sparkling and funny in the dialogue scenes - my own.
I think I'll give it a go. I've always suspected my wife, Anne, would have been happier married to a Tory boy like Trip. She'd be much richer for a start. And it's not all bad news for me. Ok, so Trip is dead, but that does leave me with ample time for snoozing.