Wednesday, October 04, 2017

IWSG: Keeping It Personal

This month's Insecure Writer's Support Group post is hosted by Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan. If you're not familiar with the IWSG, check them out on their website and Facebook.

This month, we've been posed the following question: Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

It's hard to answer this question because there are different levels of personal information. To some extent, all of my characters, from the heroines to the villains, come out of my personal experience. Some of them, such as Joanna in Lyon's Legacy and Gwen in the Season Avatars series, draw more on my background or personal preferences. I've used other characters to vent emotions. Something deeply personal? Not telling.

How much of your characters are you? Feel feel to share in the comments. 

P.S. Young Seasons: A Season Avatars Short Story Collection will be free on Amazon from now through Friday as it ends its time in Kindle Unlimited. This weekend I plan to put it in wide distribution, but if you'd like a Kindle copy, go ahead and download it now.


Fundy Blue said...

Hi Sandra! I agree with what you expressed. How can you take the writer out of her writing? I can't! Happy writing in October!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I guess we do draw upon some experiences to create our characters. Not a lot of me in my characters though, at least as far as personality.

Pat Dilloway said...

Every writer at least subconsciously bases characters on themselves.

Sandra Almazan said...

Fundy, the writer makes all the difference!

Alex, other people can be a big inspiration too.

I agree, Pat.

Maria Zannini said...

I don't think a good author can help but include bits of himself in his work. That's what makes it feel authentic.

emaginette said...

Nice... Keeping secrets makes it all that more intriguing. Well played my friend, well played. hehehe

Anna from elements of emaginette

L. Diane Wolfe said...

There are things I've dealt with through my characters and I'm not telling all either.

Diane Burton said...

I vented my anger at someone in my writing once. Very cathartic. Then I changed the name, but I still remember. LOL

Sandra Almazan said...

Maria, authenticity is important.

Thanks, Anna!

L., it's sometimes a good idea to keep things close to your chest.

Diane, it's healthier than venting at the actual person.

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