Do you see yourself in the characters you write?

Check out this great post from Jean’s Writing Blog. Do you put elements of yourself into your characters?

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Would someone reading your book see you?

No, not talking about a memoir. I’m talking about the characters in your book.

Well, not sure I’d want people to think of me as a murder or a love-sick, silly woman. However, with all the blood sweat and tears that cover my manuscript, I’m sure I’ve left pieces of myself in the story.


But, I think if we leave behind a tiny bit of ourselves, we can humanize even the villain. When we add some of our traits and quirks to a character it enables the reader to relate. They want to justify bad behavior they recognize in Uncle George or the wild-child they remember from their youth.

Go ahead, leave something of yourself recognizable in all the characters. After all, we are very complex creatures.

So if you see a starry-eyed optimism in one character and in another a smart-ass bitch, yep, they’re both…

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6 thoughts on “Do you see yourself in the characters you write?

  1. There is always truth in fiction.
    I wrote a story called Sins of A Good Girl. All fictional but she did some things in there that probably will make someone look at me differently.
    She did things I wanna do to people sometimes…well…all the time.
    Her personality was me definitely.
    Even though she had a crazy side…beyond crazy…she did have a calm side and a good side too. All me…*wink*

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