#IWSG July 2019: Seeing myself in my characters

Posted 3rd July 2019 by Anstice in Creative Writing, Memes & Tags / 🗨2 Comments

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It’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post to boost my confidence and encourage myself to engage with the writing community. The IWSG post on the first Wednesday of every month.

This month’s co-hosts are:  Erika Beebe, Natalie Aguirre, Jennifer Lane, MJ Fifield, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor! 

July is here! The sun is shining and my holidays are just around the corner. I turn the big 3-0 at the end of the month and I’m actually looking forward to entering my thirties. I feel more confident, driven and fulfilled than ever before. Life seems to be throwing some great opportunities my way right now and I intend to grab them with both hands.

Writing News

I’ve been pretty good at sticking to my morning writing sessions. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to participate in the June WEP challenge as I had planned. However, I did finish and submit my Slavic mythology story just before the deadline. The editing took longer than I expected but I’m quite proud of the end result.

This month, I’m taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo. My cabin this year seems very lively and we even have a Discord channel to chat on. I think the extra accountability will help me stay focused. My goal for this camp is to write my entry for the IWSG anthology contest.

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What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?

I never intentionally give my characters personal traits, it’s just something that happens organically. I think most authors give a little of themselves away in their stories. I often don’t realise a character is similar to me until well after the story is finished and I have a “Oh, that’s where that came from,” moment.

When I write about a quiet, sensitive character who stands up to fight against injustice and oppression, I can definitely see my ‘INFJ’ showing! Many of my characters are introverts and daydreamers who love books and art, and some share my surreal sense of humour.

I’m also drawn to writing about strong familial bonds, especially between siblings who would cross oceans and battle dragons for each other. My characters sometimes have a bossy, overprotective streak that my siblings are more than familiar with (I’m the eldest).

What about you?

Do you recognise yourself in your characters? Or has a fictional character ever reminded you of the author in some way?

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2 responses to “#IWSG July 2019: Seeing myself in my characters

  1. Those personal traits do sneak in ‘uninvited’, but they add to the character. Where did you
    submit your Slavic mythology story? My WEP piece has Norse, Slavic and a few other folklore touches.

  2. It’s so easy to write ourselves into characters without meaning to. I think it’s the familiarity about the reactions and values! Also, in case I forget 🙈 happy almost 30th! It’s a big year, I’m glad I can put off thinking about it until fall myself, lol. It’s awesome that things are going your way!

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