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Do Writers Live in Their Heads?

Updated on July 15, 2019
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Writer absolutely live in their heads. It's where the story begins and the characters come alive.

Things and thoughts are in my head.
Things and thoughts are in my head. | Source

Spending time inside your head

Some do. I've lived in my head for as long as I can remember. My first friend was an imaginary friend. My friend was a big, bear and his name was Boo (I don't know why). We had a lot of exciting adventures. When he was with me I was never afraid. Now that you're thoroughly convinced that I am Loony Tunes, let me explain. To me, living in your head is seeing, hearing, and feeling your characters.

If you can't see, hear, or feel your character's feelings how can you write about them? Isn't that what writers do? Listen to the voices in their head? Follow the visions in their mind? Have imaginary people become real, breathing, talking, walking personalities?

You might be surprized that many people live life inside their own heads. Anyone who has ever been in love or had a problem to think about knows this. So, writers and other artist people who spend a lot of time in their heads really aren't as crazy as some might think.

Living inside your head.
Living inside your head. | Source

Living in Your Head

Now that we've established that writers spend a large amount inside their own head, the question that comes to mind is...What the heck do they do in there? Well, first and foremost, they think.

They think about about all of the little details and problems that arise when writing well...anything. They think of a storyline, if they're writing a book or story. They think of how to approach any subject they might be writing about. They think of the characters they are developing, their pain, their loves, where they came from, where they are going. They think of ideas.


What to do next

Now that a writer has all of those words, ideas, feelings floating around in their head, what do they do? Sit down and put them to paper. Many a book has been unpublished because the book is in the writer's head where no one can read it.

Many say they don't have the time to sit, write, and finish a book. Poppycock! If you want to write you find a way. Actually, if you want to write you will against all odds. You can't help yourself. A writer has to free the words swimming around in their head. It's as vital as breathing.

What a great clock for a writer.
What a great clock for a writer. | Source

Just get to it

How do you do this? It's very simple. You sit down, be it at a typewriter or a computer and you put the first word down. Then you type the next word. Develop the words into a sentence and soon, before you know it' you will have a whole paragraph. That paragraph becomes a page, the page becomes a chapter.

There's no rule saying you have to have a story or article done within a certain amount of time, unless you have a deadline, of course. However, if you have a deadline, you generally don't have a problem getting started.

Successful writing
Successful writing | Source

Quotes about writing by writers

A writer should say to himself, not, How can I get more money?, but How can I reach more readers (without lowering standards)?- Brian Aldiss

Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.- Ray Bradbury

A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.- Joseph Conrad

Those who write are writers. Those who wait are waiters. - A. Lee Martinez

A writer's life is never boring when you have imaginary friends to play with! - Christie Silvers

You see, I believe that you cannot be taught to 'write.' You can be taught grammar and punctuation, but you cannot be taught to be a writer. That has to come from within. - Robert J. Randisi

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. - Gene Fowler

You might be a writer if...

  • You zone out in the middle of a conversation with a real person.
  • You can hear voices in your head. Not voices telling you what to do but voice of people you are developing.
  • You have to put your words on paper before there's no room left in your head.
  • You can close your eyes and picture words weaving about your head.
  • You can carry out a whole conversation with someone who exists only for you.
  • You can see places in your mind that you've never been before.

A Writing Challange

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE, we have to live in our heads. Thant's were our imagination and creativity lives. Thanks for reading.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and so true about writers, let their imagination run wild to discover new thoughts

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      LaThing, It's a wonderful thing to have characters living their lives in your head. They tend to poke and prod you into creativity.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      QudsiaPi, I love the quote. It's so true. My characters do live a life in my head. I think we need that connection to be able to put believable people in print.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Vellur, I know I'm never bored or lonely.

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Interesting hub...... So, I should start talking to myself to become a good writer, LOL! No, I agree with you, to be a writer we have to see within our mind, and I do have a very vivid imagination.... Wish I had the time to write down all that comes to mind :)

      Enjoyed this piece, thanks for sharing....

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      6 years ago

      This was an excellent read and I couldn't agree more. The characters live out a whole lifeline in front of you in your head and every emotion they experience is what you do as well. Writing is about invoking feelings and how can you do so if your own feelings are not invoked?

      I will share with you a favourite quote of mine cited even on my profile.

      In the words E.L. Doctorow:

      "Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia."

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      You are so right, writers can never be bored with imaginary friends to play with! Great hub and interesting read. Voted up.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Eddy. It was fun to write.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub KK G ;so interesting. Voted up.


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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      JamaGeree, you still need to make them alive in your mind. I've always been interested in geneology. I'll have to take some time out to persue it.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      aviannovice, It does become difficult to find time to write sometimes. But we do manage to get it done.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      always exploring, I've read your writing. You are most definately a writer.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      drbj, the voices in my head told me to write this hub. I always make sure to only answer the voices in my head silently. I don't want them carting me away.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      hawaiianodysseus, I really do think all writers live in their heads. We seems to be a little different for it.

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      Joanna McKenna 

      6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      LOL! I'm a genealogist, so I never have to invent characters or imaginary playmates, only pick an Ancestor du Jour and chat away. (I find many long-dead ancestors infinitely more interesting than most living people I know, but that's just me...) Alas, for many months I've been concentrating on finding certain dead ancestors than writing about them, but that's just a phase.

      Great hub! ;D

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Your analogy is correct for me, too. When I was a teen, I could fire off the short material like crazy. I could still do it, if I didn't have so darn many responsibilities, too. Once, I despised the thought of retirement, and now, I have to say that I welcome it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      And i thought you only wrote recipes..Ha..This is a great article and so true, sometimes i jump out of bed to write down a word. I in no way consider myself a writer, i love to rhyme, so i guess i'm a rhymer. Thank's for the quotes, they were fun to read..Cheers

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      The voices in my head told me to write this comment, KK Gals. You may be right about the voices. Many folks who write hear them. That's okay as long as you keep it to yourself. It's when you begin to respond to them out loud that you find yourself in BIG trouble. :)

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I've always believed that a good writer is always one beat off when engaged in social situations, whether one on one or in the midst of a group. I'm not sure that he or she is necessarily exceptionally intelligent--perhaps, it's more about being creatively intelligent, like bending light through a prism and seeing one color more than the average person. Capturing that color and sharing the experience with others is what great writing is all about. With that perspective, I agree with you that writers live in their heads. Thanks for sharing a most interesting hub.




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