Do you hear voices?

voicesI understand why writers tend to be dramatic… but what’s up with the prevalent claim that we actually hear our characters speaking to us? Really? My imagination goes as wild as the next person’s, and I’ve stayed up into the wee hours of morning trying to capture a specific character’s voice. However, imagining voices is very different from actually hearing them with your ears. If you are literally hearing voices that are not there, maybe you should hop off this site and seek psychiatric help. Please.

The oft-quoted E.L. Doctorow said, “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”

Yikes. This is wrong on so many levels. First of all, who the heck is E. L. Doctorow? Can any of you answer that without searching? Secondly, why would he think schizophrenia is acceptable, in any form? Third, since when have writers been considered socially acceptable?

Tell me the worn-out quotes that drive you bonkers. Do you have any that really inspire you?

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