While A is away the blog still gets to play. Please welcome Ionia Martin from Readful Things Blog!
When you write, whether it is books, articles, etc., do you feel that you write from “you” perspective, or do you alter your personality somewhat to please the audience you are writing for? Do you write from your own perspective when you write fiction, or do you write from that of the character you have created?
For me, the answer is: It depends on what I am writing. When I am blogging, I am myself. The good, the bad and the UGLY all tend to come out (along with furry rodents.) I don’t censor much of what I am thinking and I tend to be very honest about life, the mood I am in and how I feel about things.
It is much different when I write a novel or a short story. The characters may be nothing like me. Sometimes they exude qualities I wish I possessed. Other times they are built of the parts of other people that I find offensive or off-putting. In many instances they do or say things I would not even think of if I was in my normal frame of mind. (Not that I ever really am.)They begin to take on a life of their own.
I feel this disconnect between one’s everyday self and who they become when they pick up the golden pen of writerly wisdom is important, if not absolutely necessary. If you can step outside of yourself and look through the eyes of your characters, I feel the audience can not only sense that, but get to know the characters as if they were real people. I can’t stand it when I read a book and feel like I can’t care about anyone in it because they just fall flat. I need to feel that the characters are real people, with real issues that have a heart, a soul and a mind of their own.
How do draw the line when writing fiction? How much of yourself should you allow to seep into your characters? I believe the answer to this lies with the individual. There are so many different forms of literature and so many different personalities that I don’t think there could ever be an exact science.
So I pose this question, on Katie’s lovely blog and to the woman herself. Do you control your characters or do they control you? How much of your own personality goes into what you write?
My name is a Ionia Martin. I am a writer, a reader, a musician, a photographer and a mother. I am also a book reviewer/blogger and love to read books of many genres/styles and varieties. I love discovering new voices in literature and spend almost every minute of my spare time with a book of one sort or another in front of me.
Read more about Ionia, her book reviews and her wonderful thoughts and ideas at Readful Things Blog