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Offline K.B. Adams

Wearing costume while writing
« on: March 26, 2015, 09:52:50 PM »
Does anyone else ever find it useful and/or fun to dress in costume similar to the main character you're currently writing on?

Doesn't work if you're a gal writing about a three-headed male dragon, or switching characters quickly. But a few times when I donned translucent wings, or another time I wore a pinafore over a calico dress, pantaloons and a bonnet, it helped me tap into other realms of thought.

The hard part is doing this as an adult and hoping no one will see you. If you continually worry about someone finding you out, it's harder not to have one foot in the current realm on guard while slipping off into fairyland or the 1890s. Even if other people "understand why you're doing it," I find their presence pulls me right out of my suspension of disbelief.

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Re: Wearing costume while writing
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2015, 10:05:09 PM »
hard to type while wearing gauntlets.  ;)

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Re: Wearing costume while writing
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2015, 10:17:57 PM »
Is this sort of like the pitcher in Bull Durham who wears panties on the mound (yes, that's the word) in order to think less about...pitching?  ;D

Um, no. I've never tried it!
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Re: Wearing costume while writing
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2015, 10:21:22 PM »
Can't say I have, though throwing on a Victorian coat, some slacks, and nice shoes probably isn't that hard. Just not my cup of tea while writing.
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2015, 04:19:57 AM »
Maybe you should tell people what the K.B. stands for, before we attempt to answer this.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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Re: Wearing costume while writing
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2015, 05:37:59 PM »
"K" is the initial of my late husband's first name, he died of pancreatic cancer. "B" is the initial of my first name. We wrote the ebook "Build 100 Worlds" (fantasy fiction ideas) together before he died. So K.B. is my fantasy fiction name from now on.

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Re: Wearing costume while writing
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2015, 06:01:31 PM »
Is this like character acting? character writing perhaps.

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Re: Wearing costume while writing
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2015, 08:23:55 PM »
Sort of a way to get a deeper felt sense of being the character, or being within the setting's time frame. I wouldn't have known this worked if I hadn't taken part in an historical re-enactment as an educational project that had nothing to do with fantasy writing. It was almost haunting, even the children involved were saying they didn't feel they were in the 21st Century anymore, they had time traveled.

I don't do this for my entire writing session, just now and then I get tangibly into character in some way, even for 15 minutes, and something in the mind shifts and gives me a thought wave to return to. To continue to just sit in the costume while in front of a laptop doesn't do the trick. Once I'm really into the writing itself in front of the keyboard, I don't notice the current surroundings or garb and need to be free from distraction and to be very comfortable.

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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2015, 11:14:40 AM »
As sort of a side job, I used to design and make gowns and alter clothes for my brother (a professional photographer). In doing this, and editing his master's thesis, I came to understand that the clothing actually gave meaning and depth to his photographs. A great photograph is one of the most difficult things in the world to pull off. Unlike writing, you have to convey everything in one still, including mood and motivation. What the model wore added to the depth of the photograph and also influenced her reaction to the whole shoot.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's not that strange of an idea. If you are wearing a long, black, reptilian looking gown, you are probably more inclined to feel like a villain, or at least out of this world.

And honestly, I cant judge anyone when it comes to dressing up. I used to make new costumes for each renaissance fair. It's relatively cheap when you know how to use a pattern and catch materials on sale. I even dressed up my poor husband and his friend in arm guards and helms. I had larpers following us around the whole faire asking when we wanted to meet for a match and where we got our costumes. I think the crowning moment of one of these trips was the dance I had with Henry VIII's and his courtiers because of how authentic my costume looked. I have to say, even thought I was just dancing with re-en-actors, it was pretty awesome. Being spun and tossed around in period clothing is great for writing.

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Re: Wearing costume while writing
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2015, 01:16:04 PM »
As sort of a side job, I used to design and make gowns and alter clothes for my brother (a professional photographer). In doing this, and editing his master's thesis, I came to understand that the clothing actually gave meaning and depth to his photographs. A great photograph is one of the most difficult things in the world to pull off. Unlike writing, you have to convey everything in one still, including mood and motivation. What the model wore added to the depth of the photograph and also influenced her reaction to the whole shoot.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's not that strange of an idea. If you are wearing a long, black, reptilian looking gown, you are probably more inclined to feel like a villain, or at least out of this world.

And honestly, I cant judge anyone when it comes to dressing up. I used to make new costumes for each renaissance fair. It's relatively cheap when you know how to use a pattern and catch materials on sale. I even dressed up my poor husband and his friend in arm guards and helms. I had larpers following us around the whole faire asking when we wanted to meet for a match and where we got our costumes. I think the crowning moment of one of these trips was the dance I had with Henry VIII's and his courtiers because of how authentic my costume looked. I have to say, even thought I was just dancing with re-en-actors, it was pretty awesome. Being spun and tossed around in period clothing is great for writing.
Really neat stuff. I have to say I started out sort "meh" and "really?" about the idea - snooty me. Reading several posts, including this one, makes me re-think. And I haven;t been to a RenFair in some years. Probably time to go back!
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Re: Wearing costume while writing
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2015, 02:16:16 PM »
As sort of a side job, I used to design and make gowns and alter clothes for my brother (a professional photographer). In doing this, and editing his master's thesis, I came to understand that the clothing actually gave meaning and depth to his photographs. A great photograph is one of the most difficult things in the world to pull off. Unlike writing, you have to convey everything in one still, including mood and motivation. What the model wore added to the depth of the photograph and also influenced her reaction to the whole shoot.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's not that strange of an idea. If you are wearing a long, black, reptilian looking gown, you are probably more inclined to feel like a villain, or at least out of this world.

And honestly, I cant judge anyone when it comes to dressing up. I used to make new costumes for each renaissance fair. It's relatively cheap when you know how to use a pattern and catch materials on sale. I even dressed up my poor husband and his friend in arm guards and helms. I had larpers following us around the whole faire asking when we wanted to meet for a match and where we got our costumes. I think the crowning moment of one of these trips was the dance I had with Henry VIII's and his courtiers because of how authentic my costume looked. I have to say, even thought I was just dancing with re-en-actors, it was pretty awesome. Being spun and tossed around in period clothing is great for writing.
Really neat stuff. I have to say I started out sort "meh" and "really?" about the idea - snooty me. Reading several posts, including this one, makes me re-think. And I haven;t been to a RenFair in some years. Probably time to go back!

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Re: Wearing costume while writing
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2015, 03:12:06 PM »
Time to buy the goat costume you had you eye on....

That's got to be like those the People Against Goodness And Normalcy wear... surely?
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Re: Wearing costume while writing
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2015, 03:25:49 PM »
Time to buy the goat costume you had you eye on....

That's got to be like those the People Against Goodness And Normalcy wear... surely?
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Re: Wearing costume while writing
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2015, 01:40:44 AM »
Deuce, my current character is a naked, emaciated human eating boogeyman from the American Indian traditions and I am not dressing like it, especially as fall is turning into winter here, and Australians have no clue what double glazing means!!
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