Okay, so on Mondays I usually try to tell a little bit more about myself. Sometimes it comes out well, but others (like when I’m on vacation, or when I think it is Monday but it is really Tuesday) well, I end up just kind of rambling on.
Today I actually have something to talk about!
First a musical interlude…
You could say I’m a little bit crazy
You could call me insane
Walkin’ ’round with all these whispers
Runnin’ round here in my brain
I just can’t help but hear ’em
Man, I can’t avoid it
I hear voices, I hear voices
So, like many writers, I do hear voices. Specifically the voices of my characters.
Well, I have been having trouble with rewrites on a couple of my chapters. Mainly because every time I would try something new my characters would get angry and sullen. I heard a lot of “You’re not telling it right!” Then they’d stop talking to me.
It wasn’t like writer’s block. I just wasn’t saying what needed to be said.
Then, finally, a breakthrough! I only had to change one little bitty character trait. It changed everything! My characters were like, “Hey, yeah, that works!” My MC was even saying, “This is awesome! I don’t sound as weak or whining as I did before. Right on!”
So, sometimes it takes a lot of working, and a lot of failure, but a moment of inspiration can save you–as long as you listen to the voices in your mind.
Remember, Thomas Edison learned how to not make a lightbulb a thousand times before he learned one way to make it right!
Hearing voices is a good thing, as long as you don’t argue with them and let them tell you what is right!