If I’m working on a story or have a problem with a story, it helps me to talk out loud to myself and vocalize my ideas. Somehow, that makes thoughts and ideas seem more concrete. I lose my train of thought more easily if it’s just going around the track in my head, and that’s why I prefer to either talk out loud to myself (with the doors and windows closed!) or write it all down on paper.
I don’t like calling it “talking to myself” because that makes it sound like I’m having a conversation going on in my head. “Hey, Self – what’s up?” “Oh, nothing much. Just going about my day.” That’s not the case. There’s no other voice in my head that answers a question I put out there, so I’m free from schizophrenia.
I consider it “thinking out loud” and use it in order to solve a problem that I’m having – whether that’s a problem with writing or with my personal life or whatever. The bad part is that it becomes a habit after awhile, and I start thinking out loud all the time and getting odd looks in the grocery store. I don’t really care though. It helps me lay out my thoughts better and bring order to my mind.
Anyone else have any odd habits like that?