Frequently Asked Question: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?
Hi, everyone. It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to answer a question from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. When I saw this month’s question, I was sure it had been asked before. Sure enough, back in September 2017, the IWSG wanted to know what personal information we had slipped into our characters, whether by accident or design.
Here’s a quote from the 2017 post, sharing one of the two examples I gave at the time:
I was still an active equestrian athlete when I wrote In The Eye of The Beholder … which features a woman whose job at the Opèra Garnier was to ride horses in some of the mid-show spectaculars that composers put in their productions. They were desperate to get opera-goers to look at the stage and not one another; in the late 19th Century, people went to the opera to see and be seen, not so much for the performance. My experience in dressage allowed me to write intelligently about what those performances might look like, what kind of equipment was used, etc.
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