Do you have moments where you wake up in the middle of the night and have to write down something someone said when that someone is a character in your head?
I’ll freely admit that it happens to me.
My characters are carrying on conversations all the time. Quite often, they have some pretty snappy and funny dialogue that I know I could never say myself. And you know what? It’s all happening in my head.
Sometimes I think I need a twelve-step program. I can picture myself in front of a group as I say, “I am a writer. I hear voices. I am not insane.”
This happens most when I am deep into the process of writing a manuscript. If I’m writing several pages a day, my thoughts are still wrestling with the story at night. That’s when my characters take over my thoughts. They are the voices in my head. As soon as I can, I have to get to my laptop and get their conversations down, trying all along to remember what they said.
I hope this is just part of the normal creative process as a writer. Although non writers may see it as me losing grip on reality. Maybe we just have to be a little crazy to be in this business.
How about you? Do you have voices in your head?