Have you ever read a book or passage and been struck by the thought that this is just like my inner voice? I have and it was quite a shock.
Firstly, you have to be aware of your inner voice, warts and all, after all it’s you without the mask or the editor. I think many people go through life subconsciously responding to their inner voice – “That’s just the way I am and I can’t help it!” is said by those blissfully ignorant of their inner voice. If you reflect on your behaviour, think about what’s going through your mind then you have a chance of recognising your inner voice.
Secondly, someone who writes has to record consciousness in a way that is like you inner voice, which I would guess would indicate either they are an incredibly perceptive person or they are using their own inner voice.
Thirdly, like your soul mate, you have to find them!
Now, we are all individuals and I have no idea whether any two people think alike inside their heads. I often think that we are so separated from each other; we have no idea whether the blue I see is perceived inside my head in the same way as the blue you see, I don’t even know that you experience colours in the same way. All we know is that we can recognise the same characteristics (in this case blueness) and talk about it. So it would not be unthinkable that you are unique, no one thinks like you!
So who writes like my inner voice? In my case it’s Ian McEwan. I feel like I’m showing off, but it isn’t the clever stuff of his novels (which I love by the way), it’s the more mundane passages that really ring true (getting out of bed, opening the curtains, going into the kitchen, that stuff) and have caused me to say out loud
“That’s exactly how I think”
We’re nothing alike, which makes it even more extraordinary.
So I’m dying to know if this has happened to anyone else. Be careful not to identify with someone who you’d like to be like. If you’re wondering and trying to think, then it hasn’t happened to you! It would fascinating if more people found this with Ian McEwan, perhaps he’s really good at just writing about “being”.