I’ve had a problem over the past few weeks. Some people might think it’s weird, but my writer friends will know what I am talking about.
It’s the voices.
They are loud, and want my attention so that I will write their stories.
Problem is, I can’t get them down fast enough.
Imagine driving home from work, listening to the radio, trying not to get squished by semi trucks. A segment of a song sparks an idea. Too bad, you are driving, you can’t write it down, so it grows in the back of your head kind of like an itch that can’t be scratched. When you finally get home, there is supper to cook, kids to run around, homework to do, all you can do is write out the idea on a piece of paper and hope that it quits talking to you. Otherwise, your friends might give you odd looks when you blurt out that your (unnamed) character is off to see what is going on in the fortress of doom in an otherwise normal conversation. (unless this happens all the time, your friends realize you are a writer, and happily support your oddness.)
Sure you got it down, that itch is scratched, it is satisfied that you will get back to it in time.
Because once you get that down, you have two more ideas in your head. They might be related to the first, then again, they may not. But now you are at soccer practice-forcing teenagers to finish homework-dishes-laundry-brush your teeth- time for bed mode. And while you might have written down that first idea, it didn’t really die. It is back and has joined the other ideas.
Some days it feels like a group of cats when you open a can of tuna. They are all lovie lovie, wanting your attention, or at least seeming to. But in reality, they all just want to be written, be alive for some reader.
So it has been an interesting week, especially at night. I keep a notebook and pen near my bed, not because of dreams, but because of the ideas in my head. Some nights, they just won’t leave me alone.
Do any of you have this problem? – And it really isn’t a problem until I can’t turn off the ideas in my head and can’t sleep.
What do you do for it?