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!
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