What makes a person insane? After much research, I’ve concluded that an insane person is one who doesn’t conform to society norms. They might insist they hear voices or see things that cannot be there. I wonder how do we know the hallucinations are figments of a bruised mind. Simply because we do not see / hear what the person is claiming as true doesn’t mean it’s not true. Lack of proof shouldn’t be proof.
If a person had killed Adolf Hitler when he was a child, we would never know that the murderer had done a great service for humanity. All that would have been recorded was that an insane person killed an innocent child. As a writer of fiction character motives are important to me. Fiction allows me to explore repugnant ideas and place my own, twisted motives behind decisions.
I’m not saying the motives will make sense or even be motives that induce sympathy, but motives are important in all interactions. Think about your children; when your little sweet-pea winds her hands around your neck and tells you you’re the best mommy/daddy in the whole wide world, you’re first words are likely ‘What do you want?’
So this is what I’m doing for the next two weeks. Finding the motives for my characters actions in the future. When I have the back-story just right, I’ll head back to edit Blood for Barter.
So what constitutes insane for you?