Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog: Me, In the Manuscript
First of all, thanks again for all the well-wishes as I continue onward on my trek to pass my recertification boards.
Yes, I am eating chocolate. And yes, I am afraid I have ten new bizarre ailments you probably don't want to know about, thank you very much.
So today I'm up to discuss how I put myself in my writing. This topic was my idea, and I've been sweating over the answer for two weeks because...
I'm ALL OVER, under, sideways, and throughout my stories. Sprinkled in like salt.
My first novel (which is shelved but may someday be reconstituted with better writing and plot work) had an MC that looked like me. Only taller. By one inch.
In my second novel (currently being queried) I decided to truly write a fictional character. In doing so, she ended up with heavy doses of non-Lydia characteristics.
She liked the great outdoors. I do too, but from the other side of a window, sans mosquitos, being gently fanned by indoor A/C.
She likes to shoot guns and eat what she shoots. I like to look at the bunnies and not eat them. No guns involved.
She hates dresses. I kind of like them so long as they expertly camouflage my belly pooch.
The list goes on. She, like the MC in my current WIP-on-hold, possess my likes, dislikes, physical and mental characteristics. Sometimes they're served straight up; sometimes they're with a 180 degree twist. But in one way or another, they are all a part of me.
How deeply embedded are you in your stories?
If you didn't get a chance, check out Laura's post from last week; and stay tuned for more in the coming weeks from Danyelle Leafty and Zoe Courtman!
Posted by Lydia Kang at 6:30 AM