Writer’s Lift Wednesday #24

This is a writersliftwednesday blog, sharing the works of fellow writers, poets, artists and persons random. All re-blogs will be linked appropriately to their authors and creators.

Writing is no easy calling and nothing easy was ever worth doing. Support each other by sharing, liking and commenting.

*Please note that from this Lift forward, I will be including artists of all mediums.*

(1) I love this collage of Poe by Carsten Wieland. The color balance, the setting, the quote; excellent representation. Brushpark-Watercolors offers a feast for the eyes.

(2) I knew it wasn’t just me, “Many writers say they can actually hear the voices of their characters – here’s why” by John Foxwell.

(3) find their way / beneath my surface / where poetry lives, “Whispers of the stars,” via The Creative Chic.

Christina Schmidt, MA

1. Collage 2020-03-26 Edgar Allen Poe by Carsten Wieland via Brushpark-Watercolors


2. “Many writers say they can actually hear the voices of their characters – here’s why,” by John Foxwell via The Conversation

Many famous writers claim it’s the characters who actually drive the plot, create the dialogue, and essentially “do their own thing” in the novels they write.

To investigate this phenomenon, we ran a survey at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2014 and 2018, asking writers how they experienced their characters. Over 60% of the 181 participants said they heard their characters’ voices, and over 60% said their characters sometimes acted of their own accord. Some authors even said they could enter into dialogue with their characters and that their characters sometimes “talked back” and argued with them.

These writers were often fairly explicit that all of these experiences were imaginary. But writers also talked about being “surprised” by what their characters said and did – even sometimes laughing because of the jokes their characters told. This brings up questions around control and “agency”, since these writers did not always feel as if they were consciously deciding what happened in the narrative.

read the full article here

3. “Whispers of the stars,” via The Creative Chic

inside the echos
of the night
silence falls gently
upon the earth
the soft whispers
of the stars
find their way
beneath my surface
where poetry lives
and waits
to be set free