Authors of all ages, whether you have completed a book and got published, or have not, I'm sorry-not-sorry to tell you that you aren't doing it right if you don't have any voices in your head. In other words, you're not a proper writer unless you're crazy.
Imagine this. You're in a train as it chugs along, but you aren't alone. Who's with you? Well some of you may already know, but for those of you who don't, I'm going to tell you.
1. Character(s): This is the person (or people, however big your train is) who is your purpose for writing. Without them, your writing would go kerplat. We all know it, so don't try to deny it. We very much love our characters, but we don't always like how they are always right. On the train, they always sit in the center.
2. Mr. Distracto: So you're sitting there, writing away, listening to your characters tell you interesting facts about themselves when you suddenly wonder what your friends are doing. Mr. Distracto at work. But that's not all he whispers in your ear. He's the guy who plants all sorts of distractions in your ear. He is not your character(s)'s friend. Watch out because he sits in the seat right behind you, hidden in shadow.
3. The Guys Who Work on the Tracks: If you thought that your train comes with tracks already set, then you are wrong. Those tracks are barely down before the train comes chugga-chugga choo-choo! over them. And the guys who lay them down don't know where they want to go, so they're just laying them down every which way until it would make you dizzy to look at a map of them. And of course if any of them gets any sense they get run over. Bye-bye.
4. Inspiration: See my previous blog post.
5. The Shadow: This guy is evil incarnate, but his evilness isn't directed at just anyone. He's got eyes only for the characters. He just loves thinking up ways to make your characters' lives the absolute worst they could possibly be. We hate this guy, but secretly, we also love him. Don't worry, fellow writers, I won't tell anyone your shameful secret. This guy is the creepy guy sitting in the corner who makes your characters nervous because his attention is so undivided on them.
And finally, the one who leads the rally against the characters,
6. PERSONAL EDITOR!!!!!!: She hates your characters so much she gives the Shadow ideas. Scary, right? Except that isn't even the worst part. The worst part is how we're pretty much slaves to her. She makes Mr. Distracto ten times more distracting, and she hates pretty much everything that you write, whether it be an article or a novel, or even the answer to a test question! Of course, there are the few words strung together that she likes, but those are few and far between.
Basically, everyone hates your characters but you (mostly), but you have no say in any matter.
Did I get that about right? Comment, comment, comment!
Now, let's begin by explaining Inspiration as a person. Let's see, well, she's definitely got the personality of a three-year-old who's obsessed with hide-and-seek. Oh, and she's not just a three-year-old, she's an independent three-year-old. She really doesn't like us, but we're her favorite playmate. But we don't want to play right now. Right now we want to be geniuses with the written word. Did I get anything wrong? Besides gender?
Okay, let's move on to what you really came here to read.
Let's say you were sitting at your table, or something, typing away on your laptop, while little Inspiration playing on the floor behind you. You're on a roll with your writing and nothing can stop you now.
Then, suddenly, your fingers freeze over the keys, your brain stops producing words of genius. Something is wrong. You turn around, and Inspiration is gone. But she left a note. It says:
I got bored with the stuff you got me to play with,
so I decided to play hide-and-seek. Come find me!
Not your friend,
From there, there are different ways you'd react.
1. I Can't Even, So I'm Done: This is where you're so annoyed because your inspiration does this every two minute that you're just done. You decide not to write anymore because it just isn't working, but then like a week later, Inspiration came back and promised to stay so the cycle continues.
2. Just Keep Swimming!: Inspiration is just close enough that the words are still flowing. They're flowing slower than a grandma snail crossing the street with one of those walker things, but they're flowing. So you ignore the note and continue to write. Little do you know this will make Inspiration angry and she won't be back tomorrow.
3. Sizzling Burn Sound: Inspiration? Abandon you? I don't think so! You pull out that one thing that attracts Inspiration like bees to honey. And then it's writing as usual.
4. Zombie Writer: You stare at your screen, you type a few words, you delete them. Repeat. Well, repeat until you've had enough of feeling abandoned and go drown your sorrows in distractions.
5. Oh, It's On Like Donkey Kong: You will not be bested by annoying Inspiration! You search your house. And if you don't find her there, you check your friend's house. The internet. Nature. The Library. TV. School, even. This is a competition that you're going to win! And when you eventually find her, you drag her by her ear back to that laptop and tie her up. You win.
Can I get an amen to any of these? Comment!
And don't forget, if you have any topic suggestions, tell me about them!
1. The Blank Page: This is the beginning where you're trying to force the words in your head down through your arm and into your fingers/hands so that you can bury the demon that is the blank page, but your brain's like that ain't happenen sucka.
2. Total Lack of Inspiration: You know when you suddenly decide that your story is the worst idea you've ever come up ever? Total lack of inspiration. Young (and old) writers, we actually do need inspiration. Saying otherwise is delusional.
3. Sudden 'Hunger': This happens all throughout NaNo. This is when your brain tells you you're hungry and should stop writing right now and eat, but your tummy's like what in the world are you talking about? You go and eat anyway.
4. BOOOORRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEDDDDDD: You know the feeling. When you want to do absolutely anything BUT write and you find yourself checking your word count every second word so you can be done already.
5. Lost in the Woods: Like a week before NaNo, you're planning, and developing, and getting yourself super excited, but then, like in the middle of November, you realize you didn't give your story anything between inciting incident and climax, you realize that because of this, your story wandered away from the planned climax and now has no direction.
6. Sore Thumbs: During NaNo, you're supposed to lock away your personal editor, but as you're writing, she (or he, or it) escapes and makes every wrong word so flashy you get blinded by the wrongness of the words and it violently murders you as you force yourself not to do anything about it.
7. ERROR!: Your computer crashed, your words are gone forever. Sucks for you! Seriously, don't tell me you're not absolutely terrified that this will happen.
8. Bright Lights, Big City: Facebook . . . Twitter . . . Snapchat . . . Friends . . . Parents . . . Siblings . . . Homework. JK! About the homework I mean. Everything else is true. So. Many. Terrible. Wonderful. Distractions.
9. I'm Late! I'm Late! For a Very Important Date!: Some days there's just no time for writing, but you really want to win, and you don't want to do double words tomorrow, so you force in words whenever you can, leaving you stressed on steroids.
10. The Candy is Gone: The candy you stored up last month is gone. The inspiration train that runs on candy power has broken down. One through Nine just got worse.
Does anyone relate to this, or it just me? Let me know in the comments. (: Also, let me know if you have any suggestions for topics.
A good chunk of you already know who I am, considering I sent you here, but for those of you people who found my blog by accident, let me introduce myself. My name is Madison Anderson and I was born and spent little more than half my life in Oregon (US for those of you who don't know and don't want to look it up), so it's no wonder I like the rain. I'm obsessed with Disney (bought myself a Woody doll and I'm so happy :) ) and books. I'm now into drawing, and whenever I get around to it I plan on selling my work. You can visit my art page (someday it'll be website) at https://www.facebook.com/randomart17/?ref=bookmarks