Wednesday, 4 October 2017

IWSG: Ellie's Story

It's October's Insecure Writer's Support Group post and, as per usual, I'm writing it on the day it's due. I've finally accepted I'm an 'at-the-last-minute' kind of person and I'm good with it. It's just the way my brain works and that's okay. 

Phew. Now that I've kicked that insecurity demon into touch, on with today's post. Before answering this month's question, you can learn more about the IWSG group and it's founder Alex J. Cavanaugh here. The awesome co-hosts for October's post are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan.

Time for this month's question:

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

No, and yes. Let me explain. I've never intentionally used deeply personal information to create characters. It's important to separate personal and writing lives. However, I know that my own life has and will continue to influence the characters and stories I write. What makes our writing unique is the sum of all our life experiences. However, I've also chosen to create characters that are the opposite of me in many ways. I enjoyed the challenge of thinking and behaving in ways alien to my own. I guess that's one of the many bonuses of writing - we get to live life in a myriad of ways. 

What about you? Do you put the personal into your characters or stories?