It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time to convene another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group. Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has assembled another great group of co-hosts: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan.
Be sure to visit the IWSG website!
The question for today is: Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?
I think it's common for bits and pieces of ourselves to slip into our characters. After all, they're born inside our heads. We build them piece by piece, and the ways they behave are informed by our own experiences with humanity.
For example, I find myself writing characters telling jokes that I'd tell. Or another character may share my love for reading. I do try not to make them too much like me, though. It would probably be boring if I denied myself the opportunity to look at the events of the story from the perspective of someone different from me.
Some authors may use their writing as a way to deal with a difficult event in their lives. Perhaps in giving their protagonist a struggle similar to their own, the author can work through their own feelings. I've done something like this before, though I never shared that story with anyone outside of a small group. It felt a bit too personal to put out there.
Have you ever injected personal information into your characters?