Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog: You, in the Manuscript



Hi all!

This month's topic for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog is:

What characteristics of yourself have you put into your characters, and why?

This week, Laura Diamond get's first crack at it, and come by next week for my post!

23 comments:

Renae said...

Sometimes some of my favorite things might seep into the world of my characters, like my love of coffee, shoes, clothes...but then again those are total girl things. I try to detach my personality from them, but I do have a couple of characters that I have been told have a frightening resemblence to my attitude. Yikes!

Christine Fonseca said...

Such a great topic!

Francine said...

Hi,

Fun topic!

For starters horses get a look-in somewhere within a novel, fast men of course, fast cars, and my taste in music - all insight of use to a female protagonist looking to clinch a wealthy dude!

best
F

Vicki Rocho said...

If I put characteristics of myself or friends/family in my story it's because those are the elements/motivations I understand!

Saumya said...

I realized that I was putting so much of myself in my main character and had to force myself to detach and allow her to stand alone. Love the question!

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Is this a trick questions cause my MC is a guy. Yet, here is the strange thing some of the people closest to me who've read some of it can STILL pick out some of my personality (thought I try to detach) in his character as opposed to the original female MC. They find that the wit he has is a lot like my own. I try but it still comes out in his dialogue.

Carol Kilgore said...

For me, it's mostly little things and attitudes that I share with my characters. Heading over to Laura Diamond's blog. Just making sure you're studying hard.

Bee said...

Cool topic.

I think for me, things seep into my characters sub-consciously, but most of the time, we might just be very different people.

lbdiamond said...

My "roll with the punches style." It's ingrained, man, inGRAINED!

:D Great topic, Lydia!

Bathwater said...

I think it is hard to put your own characteristics into people in your novel. Often we don't see ourselves as well as we see others.

Even if we imagine ourselves as the main character we are usually giving them characteristics we WISH we had.

That is my opinion.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Parts of me are all over those characters!

Ann said...

All my selves are peppered throughout my characters.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Would it seem weird if I said I really haven't inserted myself into my writing?

Abby said...

Sheer determination. Brash honesty. Bluntness.

Tahereh said...

i think almost all of my characters have an unhealthy fascination with caffeine.

i don't think i could like them any other way.

hehee

patti said...

As my family knows, WE ALL in ALL MY BOOKS!!

Luckily they're interesting...

Patti

Sam Liu said...

An excellent topic. I think often we do it subconsciously. Personally, I've often noticed, after reading back, that I tend to instil in my heroin the same sense of perfection and need for order that I have :)

Lisa_Gibson said...

For my WIP, my character has my confidence. Usually strong, but has it's wavering moments. :)
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Jai Joshi said...

My main protagonist in my suspense novel is a writer. That's it.

I try not to put too much of myself into any character because then I start seeing myself instead of this separate person who is going through all the events in the story. Gets me all confused if I'm in there as well.

Jai

Amanda Sablan said...

I've put some of my not so great characteristics into my characters, such as my perfectionism and... a few other things.

Then there's my love of jazz music and guns which I've instilled into my main character. :]

sharmon said...

Great question and comments. My current MC is very like me, but w/ some striking differences. But she has more in common w/ me than I ever imagined at her inception. My next MC is complete 180-opposite of me--at least she is now. It will be interesting (to me) to see how much of me winds up under her skin.

Samantha Bennett said...

Ooh! Love the question and comments. Lots and lots, I'd say.

Clara said...

Well, one of my characters is very witty, the other very crazy and others are nerds, stubborn and babbling. All of which are me! but shhhhhh dont tell anyone! =)

 
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