Every once in a while, I talk to my family about my writing and I forget that some of my comments may be considered ‘strange’.
Last week, I mentioned how I hadn’t planned on writing the sequel to my Red WIP until two of my minor characters told me that they had a story that they wanted me to tell. I got a strange look and the question:
Do Your Characters Talk to You?
I forget that this isn’t something that most people deal with. As a writer, I’m always accompanied by a crowd of characters that are always trying to get my attention. With four novels written, and three more waiting their turn, there’s dozens of characters that I know like best friends. And the only way that I can get to know them is to talk to them. I have to find out their stories so that I can accurately portray them.
These characters are a large and essential part of my life. Not to sound like I’m lonely, but because I spend such a large amount of time with them, they’re often on my mind. Though I do hear them in my head, usually they’re not talking to me, but to one another. I love watching the way that they interact and the way that they behave around each other. There’s always something new to learn.
Those are the people in my head. I don’t know what I would do without them.