Wednesday, February 27, 2008

voices...

I have often pondered writing a book. It's actually a dream of mine to some day write a children's book. I have all kinds of ideas and jot things down and have started many short stories. But I have a very short attention span, particularly for writing, so I've never finished any of the stories I've started.

However, I've recently concluded, there may be another reason I can't finish what I start writing. I've heard or read about authors having voices in their heads, the voices of the characters, and they don't go away until they write the story down. I just don't seem to have that problem. The only voice I hear in my head is my own. Oh, occasionally I hear my mom or my grandma or the comment of a friend but those are situational voices. Not a constant nagging voice. There is just my own voice rambling on and on about all kinds of things. Important and not so important. Mostly not so. And to be honest I think I'd be a bit suspicious of "other" voices in my head. Always rambling on and on and telling me what to do. Or not do. I've got enough problems with that with my own voice.

I'm not a prolific writer either. Which is why I'd have to write a children's book. Or maybe just a story for a magazine. It's miracle enough that I made it through my graduate dissertation. They tried to fool us by giving it another name but what else can you call a paper that rambles on and on for pages about the integration of social justice principles into the elementary school curriculum!? Yes, I agree, a dissertation. And perhaps that is another reason why I haven't written a story. I'm still a bit phobic of long writing.

So, if you've got "other" voices in your head, perhaps you should explore writing as a possible career path or a psych evaluation. Maybe that depends on how many voices you're hearing and if they interfere with your daily life. I'm sure the DSMV has some criteria for this.

4 comments:

BonnieRose said...

great post heather!

Miranda said...

So, you think that just because you don't hear voices that you can't write a children's book?? You've seen some of these children's books right?? I bet you could write one, with out the voices!

Aimeslee said...

LOL, Heather. I'm just jealous because the voices are talking only to you! LOLOL Just kidding, they make the rounds, ROFL. I have a big problem with getting all my voices to go down my arm and out my fingers, othersie I'd have already written a book. I hear ya girl.

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