Stalked by a Genius… A Writer’s Journey

http://ri.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=AwrTcXpIVlVUsDoA4EqjzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBxNG1oMmE2BHNlYwNmcC1hdHRyaWIEc2xrA3J1cmwEaXQD/RV=2/RE=1414907592/RO=11/RU=http%3a%2f%2fshades-differentcolours.blogspot.com%2f2012%2f12%2fshadows.html/RK=0/RS=Wx_Gs8Bo7LVIcF74KBFTUn._LBc- Nearly a month ago, a character began following me. Well now this character has a name… and a friend. Unfortunately for me, this friend is a genius. I am not stupid, but writing a genius is a little intimidating.

After I finished my initial panic, I did a quick google search, which revealed the following sites:

I think my main concern is the level of research I will need to do, just to make my genius come off as a genius. No, I’m not talking about inventing a time machine, although that would be badass! But reading up on all the cool, yet complicated, theories that my genius would know about is going to take a lot of time.

I don’t need to fully understand physics… but I need to make it look like my genius character is a master of physics. I am nervous about making a very basic mistake. Kind of like, on a more simple level… if a woman is writing about male behavior in a public restroom. A woman might make a very basic mistake of thinking men in public restrooms talk to each other. Generally, men do not talk to each other… and men try to avoid eye contact in public restrooms. Very basic, but because a woman does not use the male restrooms on a regular basis, women would not know this.

I do not engage with physics on a regular basis.

How to write a genius character… sigh. I can do mentally troubled characters… men and women… violent, funny, thoughtful… scared. But I’ve never tried to write a genius character before.

Sure, I can binge watch The Big Bang Theory… or watch Back to the Future for the twentieth time. But… how do you write a genius?

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