A few notes about writing my lastest “Voices” story


Writing this story was a lot of fun! I had three goals in mind that were both challenging and enjoyable.

The first was to create a decadent and pleasure seeking folk-hero (somewhat in the fashion of Jack Kerouac’s “mad to live” character Dean Moriarty in “On the Road” but in the background of the urban nightlife as was Jay McInerney’s narrator in “Bright Lights, Big City.”) who believes that he is on a spiritual quest. This part of the story is told in the first person.

The fun part was finding spiritual and philosophical allegories and tying them into the sometimes mundane, sometimes outlandish events surrounding the character. The goal was not to convince the reader that, say, going to a bar and having a drink was like having Holy Communion at a church altar. Rather I hoped to convey that such a comparison was perfectly in line with the way my character thought and behaved.  His journey is not necessarily a believable one. Rather, he is the embodiment of the Freudian “ID”, a “voice” that if indeed existed in real life would best left inside the prison of the unconscious.

My second goal relates to the other intertwining tale; creating events in a setting where fictional voices move the narrative. These would be the voices inside his head; the third person if you will, or in this case, the three or more “people”.   They are humorous at times. They comment on everything, driving an already unstable person even madder. I had to write in such a way that these voices spoke in a way that was relevant to the story, but at the same time had the freedom to be inane and random.

My final goal was to wrap everything up in one cohesive story. It took a while to come up with a workable ending.   There were many possibilities but I am satisfied I chose the right one when concluding this tale.

So there you have it.   I hope you find this story as enjoyable to read as it was to write.

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