Saturday, January 9, 2010

Get Out of My Head!!!!

Awesome Saturday everyone! *waves* My apologies for failing to post during the holidays. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays, whichever you prefer) and a Happy New Year. I’d love to hear what each of you did for the holidays or even share a special moment!

I had another topic I was going to post today, but then I decided to propose a question to you that I’ve been thinking about lately. Do we writers spend too much time in our heads?

I ask this because all I’ve done this week is create scenes and dialogue in my head. My kids are talking and I’m fantasizing about dialogue between my characters. My husband is rambling about work and I’m masterminding detailed love scenes in my mind. On the television is my favorite football team playing for the National Championship and I’m creating a new monster to wreak havoc on my heroine/hero.

This daydreaming got me into a spot of hot water yesterday too. My youngest son reminded me that I had promised to let him purchase an iPod Touch with his Christmas and Birthday money—he has so much money, I’ve asked for a loan *cheeky grin*—and I don’t remember having the conversation, much less agreeing to this purchase! Uh oh! I’ve been forgetting a lot of things lately. But this is a big one. My oldest is backing him, arguing vehemently that I agreed, which is strange because they never agree on anything—ever. It’s like a secret brother law or something that Moms don’t get.

Anyway, I said, I never promised that and I’m thinking to myself “That’s a boatload of money!” And we always have family meetings before they spend a boatload of money like that. So…to back up his defense he commences to remind me where we were, what we were doing and the exact conversation when I agreed to the SNAFU. And somewhere along the way of the retelling I have an “A-ha!” moment because that was when the heroine in my head said to the hero, “Show me how much you want me.”

Big freaking gulp!

Yep, you guessed it, hot-freaking-water! Now, how do I get myself out of it? I can’t confess to an eight year old that I was thinking about risqué dialogue that ended up in sexual positions during our conversation. So, it looks like we’re going to be the proud owners of an iPod Touch! LOL It could be worse, I could have agreed to harboring a reptile or an arachnid in my home. *shudders violently*

So, again, my question…do you as a writer spend a lot of time in your head, daydreaming, spinning scenes and dialogue? Or do I spend too much time in my head and need psychiatric help to coax me out of my fictional world? ;-) Seriously the latter would never happen even if everyone told me I needed intervention, because quite frankly some days I like the fiction I create better than the world I live in. =) But, I would love to stop forgetting so many conversations! Advice anyone?

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

6 comments:

Wendy_Ely said...

Great post, Gracen! I do this as well only my kids have caught on already. My daughter now asks me, "What did I just say?" lol. Oh no! I'm trying harder though.

Nichelle Gregory said...

I do the same thing Gracen! And because my kids are so young they demand my attention no matter what with what seems like a million "mommy? Mommmy? MOMMY?":)

The voices in my head keep me sane!

Have a happy Saturday!

Carrie said...

My mom once commented on the topic of writers that, "it must be really hard to come up with story after story. I wonder how they do it?"

The answer: We live in our heads!

We couldn't create the fabulous worlds, creatures and characters we do if we didn't have that constant glimpse into that world!

Yes, sometimes I miss things because I've come up with some great ways to pull of a scene that had been giving me grief a couple of months ago or that I figured out the integral part of the plot of a different story.

Trust, me, you are not alone!

MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott/Kate Davison said...

My husband's battle cry is, "You never listen." I told him, I will...IF he'll agree to get my attention then wait to speak until I'm focused on him again. Telling me shit when he sees I'm writing will guarantee I'm not paying attention, so therefore - it's his fault.

(It's all about the spin.)

-Kate

Cate Masters said...

You're not alone, Gracen! My hubby even complained recently, something he normally doesn't do. Luckily, I'd recently read that Isabelle Allende actually locks herself away for months, not answering the door or phone, until she's done so she can "channel" her book. So now I don't feel so bad. :)
It is good to come out of your head now and again, though, if only to better appreciate that you can escape back into it when needed!

Sierra Wolfe said...

Yep, we've all been there. Don't worry about it. Lately, I haven't been in my head enough. But, yeah, I do miss a lot of things that people say to me, sometimes important stuff.

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