Writers and Crazy People
If you've ever read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, you'll remember a small but crucial difference between the movie and the book, concerning The Emerald City.
In the book, Dorothy and Company were given green-tinted glasses before they were admitted to the City. Once inside, they marveled that the buildings, the people, the animals, everything was emerald.
At this point, even the youngest child reading the book was in on the secret of the Wizard's power.
Being a fiction writer is like going into the Emerald City with those green glasses on. Everything you look at is filtered through the lens of your work, turning it all the color of your choice. So you report back that yes, indeed, everything looks green in this place. It all makes sense.
Crazy people wear these glasses too. And everything they see is colored as well.
The difference between a crazy person and a writer is that the writer knows he's wearing the colored lenses; the writer is in on the gag with the wizard.
Anyway. I'll have a silly little story for you tomorrow.