Don’t Talk Back

freelance-writingIs it only me, or do all writers talk to themselves? Not only talk, but talk back to inanimate objects. Like a TV show, or a film, or even to words written on a page. I do understand that we talk in our heads, but out loud? I’ve never noticed any of my non-writer friends, or family, who do this.

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I’d noticed when watching Wheel of Fortune if one contestant had no money, I’d make comments like: “Give the lady in the blue shirt some money.” “Come on lady in the blue shirt, you can do it.” I thought it was weird, but had a little chuckle and forgot about it. Then I found I’d started calling out to the TV show The Voice: “Come on judges, turn around. Give this guy a chance.”

Last week I read something, and no, I will not tell you in which novel, but something totally ludicrous happened. I sat up in bed around two o’clock in the morning, and said out loud, “Oh come on. That is beyond stupid.”

Driving with GPS ComputerTwo days ago, I was driving around doing errands and listening to my favorite C&W radio station. The lyrics in one song asked a question, and made me say out loud: “I don’t think so.”

That was a turning point for me. A total awareness of these ridiculous comments I make to things that cannot speak back. Is it a sign of old age? Am I getting a bit dotty? Is it a sign that I live alone, and perhaps need to get out more in the company of real live people? Or, am I becoming like a guy, a sports fan, screaming at players on the television screen, yelling at the coach, the refs, and telling them all what their next play should be?

Hmmm? At least I’m not swearing at the screen. Or throwing things. Yet.

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12 Responses to Don’t Talk Back

  1. Janie Emaus says:

    OMG! I am always talking to the TV and the dryer and kitchen faucet. And don’t tell anyone. Sometimes they even answer me!

  2. robena grant says:

    Ha ha, Janie. I love that you talk to the faucet!

  3. Sam Beck says:

    I’m an inadvertent self-talker. I drop the little guy off at school, and then on the way home, I’ll see something he’s into, and be all, “Oh, look, there’s a fire truck,” (helicopter/cement truck/garbage truck…what have you), and then I’ll remember I’m the only one in the car. And I think, “This is how it starts.”

  4. robena grant says:

    “This is how it starts.” I love that. And yes, being years older than you, Sam, I’m firmly entrenched in the talk back syndrome. No hope for me. : )

    I remember that truck stage. My son had to take a daily walk to look at a neighbor’s dark green jeep. He called it the spoonermessiah. Don’t ask.

  5. Gina B. says:

    I think it’s totally normal to talk out loud…I do it a lot, but as a friend of mine once said, “As long as you aren’t talking to people who aren’t there, and you THINK they’re there, you’re fine!” I thought that was pretty funny 🙂

  6. robena grant says:

    Oh, good one, Gina! I’ll have to keep a lookout for the non-existant people. : )

  7. My biggest fear is letting all the thoughts in my head break out while walking my dog. What if I start to recite the dialogue I just realized needed to be added to the work in progress, or worse yet, what if my true thoughts about the way the people on the corner treat their dogs and yard get spoken aloud?

    Lately, I practice the sealed lip approach while walking the dog. Makes for a weird expression, but it keeps me from shaming myself in public, right?

    Oh, however, I definitely do talk back to the TV about anything that gets raises my hackles. Thank goodness the TV doesn’t talk back! My husband leaves the room when I get too worked up over TV shows. LOL poor guy, living with crazy me.

  8. robena grant says:

    Lynne, my kids do what your hubs does. They roll their eyes and leave. Ha ha. I like your sealed lips deal. Should have done that today while in the car. Guy in the next car stared at me like I was a lunatic. I put my finger against my ear, like I had some kind of contraption there, and continued to talk as I drove away. Sheesh!

  9. I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I talk to everything! (and I do mean THING) Of course, my dog thinks I’m talking to him but really, it’s all the things that are frustrating me at the moment. Oh, and I sing really loud and off key in the car, too! And yes, people in cars next to me notice. sigh…

    • robena grant says:

      Interesting, Debbie! I wonder if my chatter started with the dog. I used to talk to her all the time about everything and I never noticed or thought it odd. She passed over two years ago, and I’ve kept on talking. To myself. Ha ha.

  10. Julie says:

    I’m not the best one to give an answer here, because I do actually speak with dead people (and receive messages from beings and energy that not everyone else can see), but I’m tossing my reply in anyway.

    Yes, I talk to “things” and yes, I think most people do it. I chronically give my opinion to TV characters and Antiques Roadshow guests (no, he’s not kidding, they are NEVER kidding).

    When I’m here with a dog, I continually chat with them. Any of them.

    Personally, I believe it’s a sign of a creative mind. But then, I might also actually be crazy.

  11. robena grant says:

    Ah, Julie. Yes, I can visualize you talking to those we cannot see. If any of my readers are interested in such things, go visit the wise woman: