L is for Loss

Now you may think we’re going to talk about loss as in death, but we’ve done that. So we’re going to take a different route and actually talk about something we struggle to understand – the loss of voice. Other writers we have spoken to talk about having an idea or character develop in their heads and then ‘losing’ them, often suddenly.

With all the ideas and characters we have come up with (individually and together) over the years, neither of us has ever experienced this kind of loss. Yes, occasionally a character will go quiet on us or we have to switch to working on a different idea because another has stalled. But to actually lose them altogether? This is a foreign concept to us.

Our ideas and characters, every single one of them, seem to become an individual thread of thought, as unique and permanent as we ourselves are. The idea of losing one is actively scary, like losing an actual element of our creativity. Yes you get very cluttered headspace, but you’ll never be lonely.

So, we’re curious, have any of you experienced this in your own writing?


3 thoughts on “L is for Loss

  1. My problem is more too many voices rather than loss of voice I actually made a muses holiday tub in which fold up and place pieces of paper on which I have written down ideas I don’t have time to work on when they come to me

  2. I haven’t suffered from that yet – now I’ve got something else to worry about! Or should I just look on it as another label to stick on a lapse in concentration?

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