When I hear voices in my head it’s usually because I did something stupid or finally thought of a witty addition long after the original conversation ended. But for a select few, those voices are transformed into something productive, and good, and entertaining for a lot of people.
Here is Stormy Glenn to talk about how she deals with the voices.
The Voices in My Head
I recently attended The Romance Convention hosted by Siren Publishing in Dallas, Texas. My publisher asked me to be part of a panel of authors for “How to Write Prolifically and Retain Your Sanity”…I almost hit the floor laughing.
What makes anyone think I’m sane? I hear voices in my head. Seriously, I hear voices…if I wasn’t a writer, I’d be certifiable. I just know it. The guys with the white hug me coats are just a story line away. But at least I know I’m nuts.
And isn’t that the first step? Acknowledging it?
I’ve come to learn that not many people understand the craziness that occurs in my head…unless you’re another author. I try to explain it to other people and they just back away in fear. I talk with another author about it, and they so totally get it…we start talking about how loud the voices get when a character wants his/her story written, overriding everything else.
I have a work in progress list as long as my arm. What is listed on my website is about half of what I am actually working on at any given time. The list on my laptop is astronomical. And that doesn’t even include the story ideas. I have one list of story ideas (notes, words, thoughts, things I transferred off of napkins or my arm) that was at #76 at last count.
The good news is that it means I’ll be doing this for awhile. There doesn’t seem to be an end to the things that catch my interest. I’m weird that way. I once had an entire book come out of a cookie sheet incident.
The bad news…I can never concentrate on one story at a time. If I’m working on a story, and it might be going very well, but then another voice starts to get louder in my head…I have to stop working on the story I’m working on, and start the one that is louder. Sometimes, I just need to get the beginning scene written down or create the characters and get them down on paper along with the basic story idea outline. Other times, I end up writing the entire story all of the way through from beginning to end.
But it quiets the voices… until the next time.
Stormy is offering an e-book from her backlist. To enter, comment below about how loud the voices in your head are and what they tell you.
Open until Sunday, September 2nd at 11:59 pm (PST). Winner will be selected and notified on Monday.