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Do your characters talk to you?

Do your characters talk to you?

Yes, I wish they'd shut up sometimes.
No. I'm the writer; I make them talk.
No, but I wish they did.
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Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:44 am
SerenityCross says...

Yeah my characters talk to me so much it's rather annoying. Oh, hang on a second... *Yelling in distance* Felicity! Don't burn my mum's flowers! Damon, Jason! Stop trying to push Leona into the pool! No Natalia, I don't know where your floaties went! *Groans and runs outside*
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Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:59 am
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YouWishYouHadThis says...

SubjectBlue wrote:actually they do talk, but I own them. :twisted:
and they know that.

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Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:59 am
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StandStrong says...

I'm known as a recluse and as antisocial because by the time my characters are done talking to me--or past me--or through me--I'm so worn out of listening to people gab that the last thing I want to do is answer the phone.

Usually they talk to me as though I am a person in their story, not as the writer. It's fun if it is the love interest, cozy if it is a friend, and downright terrifying if it's the villain.

And I agree with Snoink! If I put them in the wrong situation, my protagonist will go "What? What? Seriously? Why are you doing that? What're you really trying to say? See, how much better your answer is when you delete that horrible scene and include a couple smaller ones with much more impact?"
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Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:07 pm
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HollowPointSmile says...

Sometimes it's like they're right there next to me and I have to wave them off because most of them are REALLY talkative.

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Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:23 pm
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Destiny110 says...

Actually mine just speak to eachother, it's how I determinate the dialogue in my novels
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Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:12 am
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noninjaes says...

0y characters don't speak to me (most of the time), they just live their lives during my dreams, there, they show their true selves and inspire me to write about what they do, though sometimes they start banging on the insides of my skull and shouting at me to let them out.
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Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:50 am
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angelle716 says...

My character talk to me too. I fee like i am inside them at times... So i can control them outside of stories. >:D
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Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:08 am
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Alpha says...

People say that I talk to myself, but it's really just my characters talking through me. It's okay if I'm alone in my bedroom but when in at public....
I've got so sick of them that I reminded them that I am the Higher Force (to them). They don't know me, I'm just the author or Alpha to them. Following a YWS-er's advice, I locked them ( :twisted: ) in a white room, just to see what they'll come up with and to get to know them better.
Then I wrote down the conversation that flowed in chat-room format (albeit a grammatically correct one with full spelling) and it made me laugh! Really, at first they were confused, then they started to talk. I put in two characters at a time, occasionally replacing a character and sending down the Grim to brutally murder kindly explain to them that emoticon exchanges aren't allowed. Also swearing.
I'll post it one day here so you see how it went.
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Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:27 pm
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manisha says...

I am so glad to know I aint alone in this! Always made me think I was insane! not now though. yes they do talk! A lot! sometimes I feel like they try to take over me but well I am their creator here so BACK OFF!. I never ever feel lonely thanks to them... they are constantly there telling me always the right things..well not excatly they put me into a lot of trouble too!
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Starhunter says...

My characters talk all the time, not always to me, though. Sometimes they are very uncooperative or smart-alecky, but they can be helpful too. Sometimes though I just sit down and have a real conversation, out of context. Like we're just sitting down to coffee and discussing the other characters and the plot. It's kinda funny... I just type a question to them, and then their answer just pops in my head.

It helps me work through my stories.
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Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:14 am
xxFleetingEternity says...

My characters talk to me constantly, and it becomes a tad annoying. Also, what is even crazier, is that I often believe that I am one of my characters.
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Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:27 am
itybityclutz says...

Sometimes they do & sometimes they ignore me which is probably why I have such a hard time getting anything down on paper

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Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:57 am
cynthiadeca says...

Yes, though mine started it talking recently. Before it was more like seeing bits of a movie, and when they started talking to me I almost thought I was crazy. I recognized it from a couple friends of mine though, whose characters talk to them (and the characters from each other) all the time.

Mine would like to know if anyone knows of a chatroom designed for letting characters talk to each other. She gets bored when neither of my other writing friends are awake to let their characters talk to her.

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Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:37 am
JOV97 says...

I'd actually feel odd if my characters "talked" to me. Almost as if it's wrong. Because I'm the one who watches their lives play out - they just don't know that I'm controlling all of it :P
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Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:10 am
Azzy says...

Not often but occasionally. Only main characters do.

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