Would someone reading your book see you?
No, not talking about a memoir. I’m talking about the characters in your book.
Well, not sure I’d want people to think of me as a murder or a love-sick, silly woman. However, with all the blood sweat and tears that cover my manuscript, I’m sure I’ve left pieces of myself in the story.
But, I think if we leave behind a tiny bit of ourselves, we can humanize even the villain. When we add some of our traits and quirks to a character it enables the reader to relate. They want to justify bad behavior they recognize in Uncle George or the wild-child they remember from their youth.
Go ahead, leave something of yourself recognizable in all the characters. After all, we are very complex creatures.
Do you slip some of your flaws or strengths in your characters?
How about those of a relative? Ever use them as a blueprint?
Do you think this makes our characters more relatable?
Keep reading, below is some good stuff on using yourself in characters.
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