Monday, June 24, 2013

The Voices In My Head


Yep it’s true.  I hear voices in my head. But before you lock me up or call the men in the white jackets – let me clarify.  You see that’s how I write my novels.  The characters talk and I listen. 

Do they talk to me? Well not really.  They don’t go “Hey Nat this is what’s going to happen.”     It’s more as if I’m sitting watching things evolve through a movie.  I refer to it as the “fly on the wall” phenomena.

You see, I can vividly hear and see everything that is happening and playing out in my books.  Then I just describe it and write it with a bit of help from my characters.  

I’ll be driving down the road listening to the radio and then next thing I know I’m watching a scene play out between my characters.  The dialogue is, as if it’s happening in the car with me.  

It makes me smile. It makes me laugh.  My family often see this happening and walk past shaking their head.  

“Mum’s head’s in her book again!”  My kids say and walk off shaking theirs.

I’ve been caught with a sly smile on my face many times by my husband.  For the first few times he said “What?”  

After a little while I had to come clean, I think he was starting to get suspicious of something that was only a figment of my imagination.  

Now he just raises his eyebrows, I smile and nod and he nods as well – very knowingly.  Yep she’s up to it again.  

What is totally bizarre is when the characters do something you don’t expect.  It’s a bit unnerving actually.  Take Rihanna for example.  She did something big in Finding Trust.  Something, that I just didn’t not expect.  No way. No how.  If you’ve read it – you’ll know what I mean.  If you haven’t I won’t spoil it for you.  

But when she did what she did.  I kind of sat there gobsmacked.  Really – she was going to do that?  Apparently yes.  Who am I to argue?  I’m just the idiot on the keyboard!

I must say life’s never boring when you’re writing about dominant and interesting characters.  They do and say the most amazing things, regularly.  

I think this experience is probably very similar to all authors.  I’m really interested to see if it still continues.  It served me well to get “Finding Trust” written and delivered.  I only hope it continues as well for all the other novels I have planned.  

“Don’t fail me now – character’s!”  I cry. 

Not sure what I’d do if the process changed. So I’m not going to think about that.  I’m a firm believer that if you start dwelling on the negative, you suddenly make it a reality.  I’m going to trust that the characters want their story to be told and I’m going to do my job and write it the best I can.  

So having now divulged that I hear voices in my head I hope you won’t think any worse of me.  Maybe everybody does – they just don’t want to admit it?  

What do the voices in your head tell you? Stop and listen – you might just be surprised.  


 Brayden and Rihanna He’s hot, sexy, and leads a double life. Sometimes in the limelight, mostly in the shadows. Brayden James holds fast to a secret that’s more than his to share. She’s a singularly focused veterinarian out for a rare night of fun with friends, at a New Year’s Eve rock concert. Going home with the lead guitarist was furthest thing from Rihanna Mason’s mind when the night began. When Rihanna inadvertently becomes the target of a deadly terrorist plot using the Hendra virus as a biological weapon, Brayden is forced to reveal his other life. His job is to keep her safe and together they must stop the terrorists before it’s too late. But what happens when she becomes more to him than just the assignment? Will the secret he cannot disclose ultimately prove too much for Rihanna’s fragile trust in relationships? Or will he finally break through the double brick walls around her heart, where every other man has failed?

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4 comments:

  1. Hi Natalie
    Great post.
    I read a post at Jennifer Crusie's blog site recently talking about how she felt she had 'lost' the voices. It was an incredibly honest post.
    One thing I hope to do is never take those voices for granted. May they always keep talking to you!

    Best wishes
    Lily M

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  2. Yeah, they talk to me, too. And they can get pretty annoying if I'm not paying them the attention they think they deserve!

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  3. I'm just like you! I have to listen to the characters and every once in a while I'm speechless after what they say or do.

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  4. I hear voices,too! My characters definitely write these books. As you say, I'm just the idiot at the keyboard. But my problem is that they like to talk the most when I'm fading off to sleep. When I don't turn the light back on and take notes, I sometimes lose the scene in the morning. I did this last night. Gah! I should know better by now.

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