Your Characters Talk to You?

Do Your Characters Talk to You?

David Ciambrone

Writers sometimes get intimately involved with their characters. We will be addressing the topic of author-character communication. Answer the questions truthfully. If you don’t talk to your characters, then you have big trouble or are taking to much of your medication to write.

When you write your characters, do you have a character profile and use it?

Do you talk to your characters when writing?

How well do you know your characters before, and when, you write?

Do your characters talk to you and if so, how?

Do your characters lead you in the story, or do you have the story pretty well established and they have to follow suit?

If you talk to your characters, do you talk to them out loud or just in your mind?

During the writing process, stories sometimes change, do your characters drive this or do you just get other ideas?

Do your characters change during the story or just solve the mystery?

How do you develop your characters? Do they evolve or do you have a plan for them?

Does setting play a part of your characters personality?

Are your characters real people to you when you write?

We want the reader to like our characters, at least the good guys, how do you do that?

Do you think about your story and the characters when doing other things and not writing?

Have you ever been out in public and looking at a place or see something you could use in your story and start to discuss it with your leading character? Do people look at you strangely if you do this?

If your characters talk to you, what do you talk about? OF COURSE THEY DO! THEY TALK ABOUT THE STORY, WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO, THEIR LIKES AND DISLIKES ETC.

Have you ever had an argument with one of your characters? YES. IN MY CASE–SHE WON!

Do you take medication for all this? NO!

If you are a fiction writer who is deeply involved with the story being written, talking to your characters as noted above is normal, and you don’t need meds–at least not as many.

Remember—the meds get in the way of writing the story and you will lose contact with your fictional friend (when you were young they were called imaginary friends—now important friends).

6 thoughts on “Your Characters Talk to You?

  1. I don’t ‘talk’ to my characters, but I do have a profile in my head of their looks and how they think and behave. When I write a chapter, I always put myself in their shoes so I keep their interactions and dialogue true to their personality traits. I don’t want a reviewer to say: That’s out of character.

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  2. Lots of interesting questions. I tend to write non fiction about me, so yes I guess my characters do talk to me. We discus how descriptive I should be and if I should delete a particular paragraph and so much more. No I don’t take any meds. A friend and psychologist once told me talking to myself was okay. .

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  3. Yes, my characters talk to me if I take time to listen and ask questions. I blogged about this topic a few years ago actually after learning about interviewing my characters at a writer’s conference. I actually learned stuff I hadn’t considered when I interviewed them. Very good blog with lots of good questions. I’m betting some people don’t want to admit that their characters talk to them! The mind is a fascinating tool.

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