I’m going to tell you all something that I have never before uttered in the light of day:
“I do not hear voices in my head.”
I know, I’m a writer. How can I not hear voices in my head? How can my characters not talk to me–occasionally causing me to stop dead in the middle of a busy street? I don’t know. But unless I’m actively generating a voice for pre-writing purposes, my characters do not speak. They sit quietly like good little children until I call on one of them to answer a story question. This has always been how my characters work. Whether it’s fanfic or fantasizing, daydreams or “serious” “original” work, my characters must be conciously stimulated to speak and act.
And so when I go to other writers’ blogs, or read interviews by/of them, I’m always wondering… Am I crazy? Or are they?
Perhaps I am simply unlucky, but character dialogue has always been the toughest part of writing for me. Not character voices per se, which I feel are one of my strong points, but actual dialogue between characters–and quotation marks. Is this because my characters don’t speak to me, or is it the cause of them not speaking to me. I don’t know. But I worry. A lot.
Am I alone?