Good afternoon! Hi there and welcome to the October edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. If you want to know more about us, click HERE. If you want to know more about our captain and fearless leader, click HERE.
A big, huge thank you to all our co-hosts this month. It's a big job and we all appreciate the tireless hopping the co-hosts do 💚
This month's question: Have you ever slipped any of you personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?
Definitely, yes, and definitely on purpose and by accident. Bits of us get into everything we write. Even if I'm creating a villain, I still see some familiar attributes creep in. Nobody's perfect! Most of my main characters have some element of myself in them. I do this because when I write what I know, I'm able to create more realistic scenes with believe able characters. Every part of every moment of our lives is up for grabs when we write, even the nasty bits. Sure, there are situations I wish I could go back and "do over", but, then again, without those experiences, we'd be less dimensional.
It is fun, though, when something of yourself appears in your work and you didn't intend for it to be there. I had a friend read a short story and he said he loved how my love of tea and books was in it. Honestly, I hadn't planned on those things entering into the tale but I brought them with me.
The things we carry have a way of showing us that they matter, that they aren't without merit. Mine your life and experiences for things, for characters and descriptions. Don't be afraid of the darkness or the seemingly insignificant details. As Sylvia Plath said, "Everything in life is writable about, if you've got the outgoing guts to do it."
Speaking of short stories, the Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life short story anthology is a part of a Halloween Reads promotion! It is Halloween time, after all. What books chill you? Stop by October 30-31 and let me know!
And if you need a little something chilling for the spooky season, pop over to the Lost Hero website and grab your own copy of The Mysteries of Death and Life!