Do Writers Live in Their Heads?
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 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 Many a book has been unpublished because the book is in the writer's head where no one can read it.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.
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.
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.
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