Because that's the writing process for me. I hear voices. No, I'm not crazy. I just have voices in my head telling me their life stories. And once I write their stories, they quiet down. But then a new group of characters starts to share their lives, and it starts again.
Interesting article I read on The Guardian, a British newspaper that has a USA edition, but reports factually on news from around the world.
This article discusses why minority and other marginalized people have trouble getting published. Why? Because all writers have to have some way to support themselves, or they must be supported by other people. Very few of us make enough money from royalties to even buy coffee, let alone support ourselves with our words.
I'm living proof of this. I've been published for just over 10 years now, and all of that time, I've worked at least 2 other jobs in addition to my writing. I write feverishly at night, and on weekends. I ignore my long-suffering husband (who voraciously reads sci-fi while I write) and spend hours tapping away on my laptop, a slave to the voices who want me to write their stories. I truly enjoy the writing, but often the promoting part is difficult. Most effective means of promoting books cost money. What I make from my two other jobs goes toward bills, gas for my truck, and groceries. The few times I've bitten the bullet and paid big money for a round of promotions, resulted in only slightly improved sales. I didn't even make back in royalties what I spent.
So I'm hoping that in a few years, when husband and I finally reach retirement age, I'll be able to just devote my days to writing. I dream of being able to wake up and write for hours. Successful authors often insist that's the only way to be successful. What they don't say is how you get to be successful when you work 2 other jobs and have to squeeze in your writing in-between those jobs...and real life. I think a lot of it is sheer luck. Perseverance helps, of course, but your book must land on the right desk, or hit some universal zeitgeist of the moment. So I'll keep on plugging away, as long as the voices talk to me. Wish me luck!