I've known most of the Writin' Wombats for over five years (doesn't seem possible that it's been that long...). Most of you have probably picked up on a certain personality trait of mine.
Not so young anymore, but still very restless. I require constant change. I sometimes think my need for change is pathological. If things become stagnant, I do things that shake up my life. They're not always positive things. Sometimes I have to deal with the consequences of my actions. But honestly, I wouldn't know what to do with myself if my life wasn't a little messy. If it starts to look too orderly, I get bored and go looking for chaos. It doesn't have to find me. If chaos is avoiding my life, I hunt it down, whack it on the head with a club, grab it by the hair, and drag it back to my cave.
Maybe this is because nothing truly catastrophic has ever happened to me and for that I am grateful, but I do need a little chaos now and then. It keeps things interesting.
I know not everyone is like this. Actually, it seems most people would prefer to avoid the messy chaos and stick with the normal. The safe. The same crap different day. My family thinks I'm mad for taking a new job in hurricane-prone Galveston. "You have a perfectly good job in a perfectly safe town surrounded by perfectly jerky neighbors, why would you give that up to go someplace where you don't know anyone?" (mind you, I've done this five times in my adult life and I can't count how many times I did it as a kid) It's like an adventure. Who knows what will happen? Not me. That's the fun part. It soothes my restless soul for at least a little while. And I do have security. It's not like I quit my job without a back-up plan. That takes some real guts!
As writers, we don't let our characters get into these ruts of normalcy. We find chaos for them and plop them right smack in the middle of it to see how they handle it. And if we didn't, it would make for a very boring story. So maybe that's why I write. So I can invent chaos for my character creations and see what they do.
Are you restless? If so, what's the last thing you did to stir up your life on purpose? Was it worth it? Do you think good things come from restless pursuits or do you think its best to wait for problems to find you? (Which they always do...)
If you're writing a book right now, are your characters restless? Do they stir up their own lives or is the chaos created by an outside force that your characters would rather escape? Maybe they face it head on, but was it something he/she brought upon his/herself or was it forced upon the character?