Leo's Angel Oak Tree

Saturday, April 9, 2011


When I first started writing it was because I kept hearing this conversation in my head.  Sometimes I even spoke the words out loud, in the shower, in the car, alone in my classroom. Someone had something to say and I had to write it down. That was the beginning.

I heard Leo and Grace (my two MC's in SOLSTICE) very clearly discussing everything from their relationship to how to protect themselves from others. I feel sometimes like I'm just the recorder.  It was, as if, Leo was speaking this monologue and would occasionally stop and say, "Write that down before you forget it!"

Now, I don't actually hear voices, but my characters are in my imagination screaming their words until I write them down. Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night with a scene that flashed in my dreams. The times I have the most trouble with a scene or a conversation is when I don't listen to my characters in my mind.

So, the point of this post is simple. Stop to listen to your characters. They will tell you everything they need you to know. When you're stuck, stop and listen.  They have something to say, and as writers, it's our job to listen.

I'd love to find out how you hear your characters?  Do they speak to you? OR...am I just crazy?


  1. Truth! Sometimes my characters just won't shut up. Good thing I like them. =D

  2. In a way, my characters definitely talk to me. Though they have become far more vocal after I started letting them take part in chats and the character cafe where they get to do blog posts.

  3. I totally agree, often I just feel like I'm writing down what my characters tell me to (sometimes it makes me feel a bit like a fraud!)