Why There Should Be a Little of You In All Your Characters–Guest Post for Emily Tjaden
Hey all, this week I’m privileged to be hanging out with my friend and fellow author Emily Tjaden on her blog, This Incandescent Life. I’m talking about characters. And writing yourself into them. And why sometimes that’s okay.
Basing your main characters off of yourself is generally considered a bad idea.
I did this with my first novel, Nephilim Rising, when I was sixteen years old. My main character was basically me. He had my goofy laugh. He had my vocabulary. He experienced emotions in the same way I did.
I did this because the idea of creating a unique, multi-faceted character daunted me. It was easier just to use myself. Quirks, speech, emotions, boom. All there. It was like a drag-and-drop template.
And it worked, sort of. There were a few close friends who figured out what I’d done, but most people who read the book didn’t. The cool thing (I thought) was that I always knew what Greg was going to do, because it was exactly what I would do.
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Until next time!