Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What?!

First of all, I love this picture! I think it's very fitting for every writer (okay, okay... maybe it's just fitting for me. Hush!).

I have voices in my head, constantly (not the crazy kind. Well, even if they were the crazy kind, do you think they would actually let me admit it???). And they are always telling me what to do. Though, they've never told me to kill the main character. Even though sometimes I really wish I could. I like to think that this is normal for every writer (please... humor me).

So, I want to know is: Do any of you have voices in your head, too? And what kinds of things do they tell you to do? Or, do you even listen to them???

Go ahead and dish. No one here will think you are crazy. I promise!

Have a great day!

35 comments:

  1. You know, when I'm in one of those week or longer heavy writing phases, my characters won't get the HELL out of my head!!

    Does that count?

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  2. Oh I am loving this post Kim!!!!

    Of course I have voices in my head (like you said not the crazy ones) especially since the current WIP is nearing it's end for the first round, they are arguing about how to end the novel, why some of them didn't get more attention and why others had to do something they clearly didn't want to do. You think they'd be grateful they even made the story but no always complaining!

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  3. Thank god I'm not the only one. I was beginning to think there was something wrong with me. Yes, I have voices and it's usually my characters constantly telling me what is going on in their lives.
    Whew! My characters don't talk to your characters --do they?

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  4. lol love this! I dont have them in my head all the time but something will click when a photo pops in front of me!

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  5. Sara - That absolutely counts! LOL.

    Jen - I know how you feel. My characters are always complaining or ignoring me. Ugh.... for fake people they are so hard to please! ; )

    Kim - Hehe, I'm glad I'm not the only one. Phew. I feel a little less crazy now. ; )

    Christine - LOL. Maybe are characters can get together and have a party. That wouldn't be weird, right?

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  6. My voices show up at weird times: in the shower, when I'm cooking, or JUST before I fall alseep. LOL

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  7. OMG yes! And I love it. Last week they slipped away for awhile due to Spring Break throwing me off my regular schedule, and it was painful to lose that steady wave of character thought inside my head. I felt lonely inside.

    Glad to hear you're filled with the flow!

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  8. When I'm immersed in a manuscript, the characters seem very real. So much so that they actually become the topic of conversation around the dinner table, that type of thing. So if not in my head, their voices do make it into my home!

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  9. I feel kinda left out when I hear people talk about this. I don't think I've EVER had a "character speak to me" like I'm always reading about. I have my own voice in my head like a narrator, outlining scenes and offering suggestions, and I also have a movie director, because most of my ideas come in visual cues.

    I should really probably be a film-maker, not a writer, but them's the breaks.

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  10. Sometimes I can't stop thinking of characters or the story, but I can't say they've ever spoken to me. But that's okay, I have enough little voices in my house wanting my attention that I don't need another!

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  11. I have voices in my head, however, I'm not a writer. What does that say about me? That I AM crazy? Apparently, it's normal for you folks but me, the average Joesephine, that doesn't have crazy character voices in my head... Well now I'm just worried.

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  12. LOL. I wouldn't say I have conscious voices in my head, but when I write, my characters seem to take on a life of their own and act of their own accord!

    Love this topic!

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  13. I have tons of voices in my head. But they're mostly me, just telling myself what to do next in the story. I don't actually hear other voices.

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  14. Oh yeah...I've had my MC in my head all week...heckling me into finding time to write.

    He keeps whispering his story...sometimes it's lovely and other times (when I can't find time) it drives me insane!!!

    What's worse than having the voices??? Not having them! I was there a few weeks ago and I have to admit...I prefer the voices! Bring on the crazy! LOL!

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  15. No voices, but I LOVE the poster! :-)

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  16. Okay, Blogger sucks today!

    I posted a comment, which could already be on here but I can't see it. So... I'm going to post it again. : )


    I love reading all of your answers! It truly amazes me how different everyone and their writing processes are. I love it!

    Plus, I love that I'm not the only crazy one hearing voices--whether it's my characters are just that "other" voice babbling around up there. : )

    But you, Lalena, are definitely crazy. (Hehe... but that's okay becuase I still LIKE you anyway!!!) : )

    Happy Wednesday everyone!!!

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  17. YEs, I hear voices. They're always yelling at me. For the most part they're encouraging, other times they like to lay on the guilt trip.

    ann

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  18. My voices usually originate in my stomach and tell me (and others) when I'm hungry.

    Wife: "Did you say something?"
    Me: "No, that was my stomach."

    But seriously, I don't hear voices but instead feel mood shifts. If I'm writing something and I start to get depressed, then I know something deep down is bugging me about what I'm writing, even though I can't put my finger on it yet. Once I figure out what it is thats bothering me, Mr. Happy returns. :)

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  19. Ann - I hate those guilty voices!

    DL - LOL! Love that answer! Hehe.

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  20. omg SO MANY VOICES. sometimes they won't shut up.

    but then again, that's how i meet my characters :D

    hehehe

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  21. Oh, those voices. By the end of a manuscript my characters feel like old friends.

    I really love that.

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  22. Hee! I'm right there with you with the voices in my head. :)

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  23. Tahereh - My voices always want to talk at the more inconvenient times... always. Oh well, I love them all. : )


    Marsha - I agree! : )


    Sarahjayne - LOL. You know, if some random person started reading this blog, they would for sure think we are all nuts! LOL. : )

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  24. OF COURSE I have the voices in my head :P It makes things very difficult when people ask what I'm thinking BEcause it's usually not me dominating the thoughts, it's my chatty MC!

    Also, I have arguments with that one, although we're like old friends. She has such an insistent manner that it sometimes drive me up the wall! As you can see from my blog though, I may be slightly nuts in this department, LOL.

    So if any random person stumbles upon this I'm safe. I AM WERID methinks, no sense in denying it :P

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  25. Mia - LOL. It's okay. I think it's almost a requirement to be weird, if you're a writer. : )

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  26. The voices tell me to kill my main character all the time, she pisses me off :)

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  27. Eva - Haha!! You better not do any killing. I love your MCs. : )

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  28. I love that poster! I don't think I actually have voices in my head, but it might make it easier to figure out what happens next.

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  29. Summer, I'm with you! I don't have voices, persay, but the story itself talks to me via visual cues in my mind. And within those visuals, I hear the dialog my characters say. And the story/muse directs me what to do. So when I say my characters tell me to do something, in all honesty, its that story's muse. :D Great topic!

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  30. My words are story related, which makes me completely sane. Or at least, means that if I'm not sane, it's not from the voices in my head!

    Writers have to hear words, I think.

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  31. I am so glad someone else hears voices too! Thank you for owning up to this one. I don't know that non-writers would admit to this.
    I hear voices and see pictures, mostly when it's dark and I'm quiet.
    I like to think that the voices are echoes that kind of stick there, like a mental slide show of images and sounds seen and heard over the course of days and years. Brain processing.
    And I rarely admit to this because most people do not understand.
    By the way, if this is a joke, and you are hunting down mental patients for a brand new facility, then I am totally joking.

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  32. Susan - LOL. I agree. You might need to go to the store where they sale the head voices. LOL : )


    Christa - I love to hear what everyone has to say. Everyone is so different. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Theresa - I absolutely agree. All writers have to hear voices, so if we all hear them... then we must not be crazy afterall. : )


    Faith Pray - LOL. You're comment made me laugh and laugh and laugh! That would be one creative way to search for mental patients, huh? But I'll tell you this: it's not a joke. And I'll probably be the first patient admitted. LOL. ; )

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  33. On a different note, a guy with voices in his head once drove his car through Starbucks while I was in there writing. Fortunately, no one got hurt!

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  34. Meghan - OMG... that is scary. Those kind of voices are not good voices, obviously.

    Thank goodness no one got hurt. :)

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