Do Your Characters Talk to You?
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).