More Thoughts from a Writer’s Spouse
I’m enjoying getting to know you through my wife’s blog. You’ve all made me feel welcome, and even helped me as I get to know what to expect with a writing wife.
Many of you may not know that by day I’m an engineer. I have my own business and work out of our home. Because of this, Edie and I have shared an office for almost fifteen years. Lately, I’ve noticed a new symptom that appears to have come from rooming with a writer.
I’ve begun hearing voices.
I’m sure those of you who live with a writer have heard of this phenomenon. I’m familiar with it in an esoteric sort of way. Edie has often complained about her characters not behaving and occasionally mentioned arguing with them.
I really thought this was some kind of writer-speak for writer’s block. I had no idea made up people could actually carry on a conversation in one’s mind.
I was wrong. I know that for sure because they’ve taken to paying occasional visits to my head. And they’re not even my characters.
It’s nice to be able to discuss Edie’s ideas, helping her iron out issues with plot and outlines. But hearing about her characters is one thing…hearing from them something else entirely.
And, to make it even worse, Edie’s not one bit sympathetic. So I’d like to know, have any of your spouse’s writing life issues rubbed off on you? Be kind, I could use a little sympathy.
If you missed Kirk's post last week, click here to read all about How Writing Ruined My Wife.