I once got to hear Orson Scott Card talk about his writing method. He went on at great length about how the voices of his characters talked to him.
The voices told him to do this, he said, the voices told him to do that.
As he droned on endlessly, a friend leaned over to me and said in a stage whisper:
“My voices are telling me to kill!”
The audience cracked up. Orson Scott Card was not amused.
But the thing is . . . that really is how it works. You hear the characters in your head, the same way you can hear the voices of your parents or your friends.
You know what they would say in a certain situation. And when you’re writing a book, you can turn that into the story.
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