Creating Characters

This is the first Wednesday of October and time for my post for the IWSG or Insecure Writers Support Group.

October 4 question – Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

My characters are completely imaginary but I like to be able to figure out what makes them tick. So when I am writing about them I will explore what is going on with them (at least in my head). I like to add background, a past, or what they are thinking. I really love it when other authors do this with their characters because I find it makes their books so interesting and gives them more depth.  I do not include personal information into my characters but I do not discount doing this if it would add to the story.

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The Insecure Writer

10 thoughts on “Creating Characters

    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      It is not hard at all for me. It is like someone writing a character like Superman or Wonder Woman, the author does not consider themselves to be really Superman right? You can imagine what your character is like.

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      1. Deborah Drucker Post author

        Well it is not about being right. It is just the way I see my writing. I am thinking it may apply in writing in a female voice or male voice because I think men have trouble writing women characters and I might have trouble writing male characters because I experience and see the world as a woman.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      We could be injecting subconsciously but what I meant by that is by building a backstory or showing the development of the character we make them more interesting and real. But I have not used real experiences from my own life or any dialog from my own life that I am aware of.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I would say that my values can come into my stories. But you never know, I may write something someday that is really not reflecting my values. The piece of myself that goes into my stories is my creativity.

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