Talking to myself

July 9, 2013

I’ve always wondered what I look like when I’m writing. As I pace around my apartment, talking through a difficult scene or saying dialogue aloud to see if it sounds right, do I look crazy? Like a madman? Better fit for the loony bin than polite society?

Probably, but then again I do fancy myself a writer. All writers are a little loony, at least if we’re any good.

There’s a lot of value in talking to yourself. Sometimes there’s just no substitute for talking through a problem, even if no one is listening. Trust me – I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times I’ve asked a friend for help with a piece of writing, only to figure out the answer myself in the course of explaining it to them. Now I save them for the really big ones, and just talk to myself.

But if there’s any area where talking to yourself is more valuable, it’s with dialogue. How can spoken dialogue have a chance of sounding natural if you never hear it out loud? Often you’ll instinctively find the right words when you say them aloud and see what rolls off the tongue.

Is all of this a bit crazy? Yes. But so is writing fiction. You might as well go all the way and do it right.

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By Stephen W. Gee

Author of Wage Slave Rebellion, Freelance Heroics, and about two good blog posts out of a hundred.


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    Thank you for writing this post! I’ve been trying to explain the value of talking to yourself to my friends for a long time! I love writing and some of my favorite ideas came from randomly talking to myself. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who enjoys doing something (seemingly) crazy to write fiction ^^

    By the way, good luck with your writing! You’ve definitely inspired me to start writing more seriously. I’d love to finally finish a story that I want to share with the world. Your craziness is much appreciated.

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      Absolutely! Here’s an extra tip – if your friends don’t get it (this or anything else), don’t try to explain it. If they’re not writers or artists or people who think of themselves as creatively inclined, they’re not in the right frame of mind to accept this advice. Wait until they’re ready, and then leap. Then you’ve got a, hmmm, maybe 40% chance of it sticking.

      Keep being crazy, my friend. The world needs more of that!

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