The question this week is: “Do any of your characters share your faults, your fears, your foibles?”
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I don't know any writer who doesn't put their own characteristics into their heroes/heroines.
But if you're in the business a long time, you also use the attributesof those you love...or loathe in life. Lately I've been adding traits to my heroines that are the dead opposite of mine. Such as a heroine with hair so thick it's unruly, who's fearful of water but can walk along a cliff fearlessly. (I love to swim, but I'm afraid of heights....)
Cynthia Hickey (Melton)
My character, Amelia, is like me: particular about grammar, a lousy cook, a really lousy swimmer (nearly drowned a few times) and at times, a bit prissy. On the plus side, we both have good marriages and adorable daughters. Amelia's a teacher. I was a substitute teacher, so I have a good idea of the challenges of that profession and, to my surprise, I came to really care about my students, just like Amelia.
Richard Mabry, MD
I know many of my characters share my traits. We tend to write “what we know.” Also, our own experiences give us insight into the human condition. However, I think it’s important to branch out pastour own understanding and create characters that are unique. For example, I may be writing about a police officer, but since I’ve never walked in his shoes, I can’t write believably about him unless I'm willing to do the necessary research.