Monday, May 04, 2009

Are You Inside Your Characters?

How much of yourself is in your characters?

As egotistical as it sounds, I put myself in every story: I am the main character. For example, in my latest story, the main character's moods can be easily discerned by how much facial hair he has. Huge beard = depressed, clean shaven = not depressed.

What personal traits do you put into your characters...that you are willing to admit to?


KLo said...

I think I use my writing to address things that I have experienced in life because it gives me a certain degree of control ... it allows me to create someone who will act differently (usually better) than I did.

Thanks so much for your support ... you're a great guy : )

Martin Willoughby said...

I sometimes write to let out my frustrations. The number of people I have metaphorically beaten the crap out of is...worrying. Sometimes I use it to give me hope such as providing happy endings.

The support is gladly given and always there.

Lady Glamis said...

I actually don't put many obvious things into my characters, and never anything on purpose. But I do feel that some of my traits get unconsciously transferred. We do, after all, know ourselves the closest of any person. :D

Cindy said...

I think my characters always seem to be very practical because that's a strong part of me that flows into them. Sometimes I have to get someone else to read my work to see how easily they can identify with the character because not everyone relates to that characteristic as easily as I do.

Justus M. Bowman said...

Hmm, my main characters are often (always?) monogamous or abstinent. I hadn't thought of that before.

Anonymous said...

It can be anything from a physical characteristic to a a favorite phrase to fondness for blueberry muffins, but there's something of me in every single one of my characters.

After all, they live inside my head. =)