Wednesday, October 4, 2017

What's personal about my characters #ISWG



The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Purpose: Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Click here to join the group.

I finished my MG fantasy. (Yay!) Queries have been sent. (Fingers are crossed.) And it’s autumn, my favorite time of year. So while I enjoy the leaves changing colors, pumpkin pie, scarecrow festivals, scary movies, not so scary classics, and everything else that comes with this time of year, I’m contemplating what to work on next. Do I revisit one of my unfinished WIP or do I start something new? I wish I knew if my MG fantasy is going to be picked up by a wonderful editor who is as excited about the project as I am because I’d love to turn it into a series. Anyone have a crystal ball?

October’s question - Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

At first, I was going to say no. But Madison Riley from Embrace has long curly brown hair and I have always pictured her hair to be a lot like mine. But that’s where our likenesses end. And she’s so much braver than me—no way would I visit a graveyard at night. Then there’s Logan Ragsdale, from Challenging Destiny. Many of his personality traits are a combination of my hubby’s and one of my sons. I won’t say which. :) 

In other news: Jessica Therrien is celebrating the release of her newest novel, CARRY ME HOME, by hosting a huge giveaway. Click here to learn more about her book and to enter the giveaway. 


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Have you ever slipped personal information into your characters? What do you like about autumn? Did you enter the giveaway? 


16 comments:

  1. Hope you get good news about your story. Write the next one anyway.

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    1. Thanks! And I've been jotting down ideas, so I may just do that. :)

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  2. Even if our characters aren't like us, we project what we want to do onto them so they're still part of us. Good luck with your queries!

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  3. Way to finish your story! I hope you celebrated. :-) I bet you have more in common with Madison than your hair--like your kindness!

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    1. Aw, that's so sweet. I did celebrate and do a happy dance.

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  4. Congrats! I really love that moment when something is finished and and you clearly look ahead to the next thing.

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  5. Cheers and good luck with your newest manuscript!

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  6. Personal info splattered all over pages.

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