I have returned! I was away most of January, so that I could participate in my final residency at the Stonecoast MFA program. I graduated with many mixed feelings, which I will talk about at a later date.
I actually came away from residency with many ideas for this blog o’ mine, which I will mention at the end, but first, I want to get into today’s topic. The voices in my head!
A lot of people ask me how I come up with my characters, but the truth is, I don’t really know. They almost always start as a nagging voice in my head (at least the main characters do). It’s going to sound crazy, but I talk to these voices and most of them won’t go away until I write their stories. I talk with them for many reasons, not just to learn their stories, but to learn their voices. Their likes and dislikes. What kind of person they are.
I fully admit that this can be both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes, I get attached to certain voices and put off writing their stories, because I don’t want them to disappear. I’ve only really mourned the loss of a couple of voices, but it’s still a sad process. On the other hand, it makes for some unique characters. I have less trouble getting into the voice when I’m writing.
Do you talk to the voices in your head? If not, I certainly encourage it. Yes, we might come off as a bit eccentric, but what writer isn’t?
I think I’ll leave it at that for today. Before I sign off completely, I want to talk about “what’s next.”
1. I’m seriously considering moving my blog to a different platform (most likely WordPress). Would anyone have any objections to that? I know I don’t have many readers, so I feel like now would be the optimal time for such a switch.
2. This will soon be a weekly blog! Every Wednesday, I will be posting, starting on February 11th. People have requested that I post my graduation speech, so that’s coming up next week.
3. I’m hoping to form a more cohesive blog, so forgive me as I dabble in different topics until I find the one for me.
That is all. If no one has argued otherwise by February 11th, I will see you on WordPress!