I think all writers hear voices in their heads… the voices of their characters. It happens to me quite often. I’ll be going through life normally and all of a sudden I’ll think of some awesome line I’d want to have a character say. Or I’ll hear someone say something that sounds like one of my characters’ voices. I try to commit these lines to memory or write them down on paper when I can. Sometimes I can’t, and even when I can’t remember exactly what a character said, it’s good to know that at least they are alive in my mind and that ideas are growing in my subconscious mind.
That brings me to another thing I wanted to write about: first person versus third person. To me, some characters sound better in first person. Their voices and points of view might be easier to relate to without the distance of third person. I have a few characters that I’m writing about in one particular story, and whenever I write, I keep writing them in first person, even though the story is supposed to be in third.
And I have another story where I can’t stand the main character’s first-person voice. Before I started rewriting, I thought it might be interesting to get into her head… but now that I’m actually writing, I realized that I don’t want to be there. I don’t like the way she thinks. She irritates me. I may have to switch back into third person – just to get more distance from her rather abrasive point of view. Maybe what happens in the story will change her thought process, make her more of a person I could actually like. I despise her, but at the same time I find her fascinating.
If you write, how do you choose whether to use first or third person?