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The allure, for me, in doing the blog hop, is the thought-provoking questions provided by the affiliates. Thanks to Megan for this one, since being muse-less for a few months has driven me to distraction.
Writer's block for me really isn't the correct term, although it does describe what happens to me. I prefer to think that my characters turn mute. *lol* When I say, I hear voices, there's no need to call the men in white coats. Without the chatter in my head, I wouldn't have written 99% of the novels and stories I have published.
I've often blogged about the imaginary revolving door in my head through which my characters pass. It has no lock, and sometimes, it spins so fast, it makes me dizzy. However, recently, I think my current character put a wedge in the door and then decided to stop leading me on her journey. Usually when a character pops into my head, they come with a title, cast in tow, and a story they tell that leads me to an unknown conclusion. I view each novel I've written as a fun experience because I've not known my final destination until I arrive. Writing for me is sort of like telling myself a long bedtime story. I'm excited as it unfolds, and I can't wait to see where I'm headed.
Thankfully, Hattie is speaking to me again. I have no idea what made her turn silent, but through some brainstorming with friends, I was able to jump start her story again and now I'm posting chapters to my critique group. When the voices in my head turn mute, I start to worry. Without them, I'm lost.
If you'd like to read more responses to Megan's question, please return to Alternative Read's website and click on links posted for those signed up to participate. See you next week.