“Darling, are you feeling alright?” asks a concerned loved one. “You look like you are in some sort of trance.”
You smile and say, “my MC is trying to tell me something.”
Worry spreads across your loved one’s face. “Your MC?” they say quietly, before glancing around the empty room.
“My main character,” you reply with a smile. “They were concerned about chapter four and wanted to make sure I was aware of the plot hole towards the end.”
Your loved one places a warm hand over yours and gives it a gentle squeeze. “Maybe you should talk to someone about this…voice.”
Reaching for your phone you open up Twitter. “You’re right. I do need to talk about what my MC is telling me. Hang on, I’m just going to tweet something.”
Your loved one raises an eyebrow.
After tweeting you let out a sigh. “I am just glad it wasn’t the voice of a minor character. Now they can talk, surprising when you think they only have bit parts.”
“You mean there are other voices?”
After nodding you say, “a voice for every single character I have created.”
Gripping the sofa arm your loved one mutters, “but you’ve written…eight books.”
“Yes, my head feels noisy and crowded most days. I wonder whether this is what it feels like to be a medium?”
There are quite a few similarities between writers and mediums.
Here is my list:
- Writers and mediums grow up feeling different to those around them.
- Writers and mediums are extremely creative and imaginative.
- For both writers and mediums developing and sharing their special gifts with the world can result in others questioning their sanity.
- Writers and mediums can often be perceived as weird.
- Writers and mediums are known for having interesting and lucid dreams.
- Writers and mediums talk to themselves A LOT.
- Mediums and writers receive messages from other beings; mediums communicate with spirits and writers with fictional characters.
- Writers and mediums hear voices.
- Electronics, appliances, lights, and TVs can act a little strange, go out or flicker when in the presence of a medium. They can also do this for a writer when they are a writing a powerful plot twist, which will make some readers scream.
- Mediums can’t predict when a spirit will start talking to them. Writers have the same issue with fictional characters, they can start chatting at anytime, day or night.
- Mediums and writers both wake in the night to find people standing at the end of their bed. For mediums its people from the afterlife and for writers it’s the full cast of characters from their latest first draft.
- Mediums and writers both struggle with jealousy.
- Some spirits can be demanding and so too can some fictional characters.
- Mediums can mentally connect with others using telepathy. So too can writers, but their skill can only be used when someone else is reading their work. As they wait for feedback they will say stuff like, “I can sense she doesn’t like my opening chapter,” and “I can read his mind, he is struggling with my weak female MC, the intimate scene in the shed over the tray of bulbs and the plot twist involving the neighbour.”
- Mediums and writers both have high levels of intuition. A medium will sense trouble on your family package holiday to the South of France with your irritable in laws and a writer can foretell what will happen to their query letter and their manuscript before it’s even emailed out.
Keep connecting with those fictional characters.
Have a great day all!