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Guest Post: Sybil Had It Easy by Sharon Srock

Author Sharon Srock provided a humorous post for today. It’s a fun example of what most writers experience to one extent or another.

Sharon: Remember Sybil? Sally Field made her and the sixteen personalities living in her head famous in the 1976 movie of the same name.

Poor Sybil lived with sixteen people in her head. I feel compelled to ask…JUST DSC_0022sixteen?

Sandy asked me for a post about why I write. The more appropriate question is, How can I not. Let’s listen in on a normal day with the voices in my head.

CALLIE: Hey guys, I think she’s waking up. Are you awake yet? Can we talk about the part where I–

Me: Your story is done, go away.

BENTON: You know, I’ve been thinking about a story line we could work on…

Me: It’s called the WOMEN of Valley view for a reason, Sport.

KARLA: Do you plan on getting back to my story anytime soon? You left me in a very difficult situation.

Me: You have three chapters. Be grateful. Kate has none.

KATE: About that…

Me: Oh good grief.

MITCH:  I have this great story about a guy I worked with.


TERRI:  I hope you’re in a better mood since you’ve had your coffee. Can we talk about that whole wedding scene?

Me: I am not writing a wedding scene done in orange and black, even if it is Halloween.

STEVE: Don’t worry, Terri. I’ll write it. I can do a better job than her anyway.

Me: It’ll take me 14 keystrokes to turn you from a successful writer into a starving plumber. Would you like that?

IRIS: If you keep talking to my Dad that way, I won’t speak to you anymore.


SAMANTHA: You know, I really don’t think starting my story when Bobbie is four is a good idea. We’ll miss so much of her life.

Me: When you can write it, I’ll read it.

PASTOR GORDON: Would you like for me to pray for you, dear?

Me: Somebody needs to.

JEREMY: I see, after paging through the files in your brain, that I’ll be sixteen in book six. Can I have a LAMBERGINI?

Me: Let me spell this out for you. N.O.


Me: There will be no LAMBERGINIs

PAM: She’s giving our children LAMBERGINIs

HARRISON: We’ll sue.

Me: No words, just banging my head on the keyboard.

ALAN: Heaven’s pretty nice.

Me: Shut up!

PATRICK: Can I say something?

Me: NO!

SISKO: Patrick, let’s go shoot some hoops. Maybe she’ll be more approachable later this afternoon.

Me: Yes, please try me again next year.

LISA: At least you get to play basket ball. All I ever get to do is be pregnant and take care of babies.

Me: Go talk to Pastor Gordon. He’s looking for someone to pray for.

That’s eighteen and still counting. I wonder who’ll they’ll get to play me on the big screen?


Writers, have you ever experienced those voices in your head that demand to be heard? How do your characters get your attention?



Pam’s divorce broke her heart. The cruelty of her ex-husband broke her spirit. A bottle of sleeping pills almost took her life. Four years later the scars of Alan Archer’s emotional abuse are beginning to fade under the love of her new husband. When Alan returns to Garfield, Pam must learn that buried secrets and carefully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness.

Alan Archer has returned to Garfield with a new wife and a terminal heart condition. His mission? To leave a Christian legacy for his children and to gain Pam’s forgiveness for the sins of his past. 

Two hearts hang in the balance waiting for the delicate touch of God’s healing hands.

Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty five years ago, she cut her writer’s teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. Her books include: The Women of Valley View: Callie and The Women of Valley View: Terri, both of which are currently available. The Women of Valley View: Pam will release 11 April 2014.

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As an author of heartwarming historical and contemporary romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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  • Sybil Bates McCormack

    Hi, Sandra and Sharon.

    Do I remember Sybil?

    You bet I do.

    I had the supreme misfortune of being Sybil (split personality chick) Bates (psycho chick) in what was once known as junior high school when Sally Field’s cult hit TV movie first aired.

    Ahh, the cherished memories … Not. LOL!

    I really enjoyed the article. I’m beginning to experience a little of that split personality weirdness myself now that I’ve begun to write more. Nice to know I’m not completely alone. 🙂

    • Sandra Ardoin

      Oh, you are not alone, Sybil. I think those voices can be great when it comes to writing dialog–hearing those characters in our heads and the words they would use.

      And weren’t we all a little psycho in junior high? 🙂 Thanks, Sybil!

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