This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s insecurity – HAVE YOU EVER SLIPPED ANY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION INTO YOUR CHARACTERS, EITHER BY ACCIDENT OR ON PURPOSE?
Well, yes. Under the advice “write what you know”, I often do that. But not too personal because overall, I consider my life far too boring for the excitement of a novel. That’s one of the reasons I write:
to liven up my life.
I do try out some of the personal quirks of my characters. These are theirs, not mine–probably that I’ve stolen from a friend or acquaintance. Here are a few:
- Eat instant coffee for a faster infusion of energy into your system. One of my two main characters, Dr. Zeke Rowe, former intelligence officer-turned paleoanthropologist, does this when he’s in a hurry. Everyone knows we drink coffee for the energy rush. Zeke simplifies it by eliminating the heating, stirring, and sipping. When he introduced this idea somewhere around page 109 of To Hunt a Sub, I decided to try it. I shouldn’t have. It is the most awful taste I’ve ever put into my mouth, akin to drinking sour milk.
- Drink your first cup of coffee in the shower. Zeke does this because he’s a multitasker. He always looks for ways to double up on activities to save time. I like multitasking. I’ve been known to read email while I dry my hair and or brush my teeth, so this, too, I tried it. Too often, I dripped shampoo or soap into the cup, which doesn’t taste good.
- Wear a sign to warn those around you about your shortcomings or moods. One of my characters threatened this but didn’t do it. I haven’t tried it yet.
There are a few more here.
Now I’m off to see what my fellow #IWSG efriends have to say about this topic!
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.