You are what you write. Sort of.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, April 20, 2015 Under: General


A quick post with a few thoughts...

Are writers present in their characters?

Of course they are. Even the authors who say they aren't. Even in the nastiest, most-opposite-of-you character. The reason is simple: they are written through our filter of the world. Our POV.  Some characters have more of us in them than others, and I'm sure you can have many discussions on all of the reasons.

Are writers present in their narratives? 

Well of course. Even in non-fiction, no matter how unbiased, once again, we are writing through our POV of the world. It's impossible to be otherwise. As I've said before, we do not exist in a vacuum. Our narratives will have some reflection of what we've experienced in the world around us. It will have our voice.

Another question: What's wrong with an author liking their characters? Even being in love with them? I've seen this used as an insult. Well...harking back to an essay I once wrote, that included bits about how if I can scare myself, I have a much better chance at scaring a reader...If I don't care about my characters, neither will you...

You get the idea, yes? So what if we love some of them so much we can't imagine killing them. We're not all GRRM. Besides. We will if it fits the plot. But in some instances, it just doesn't, even if someone else thinks it does. Killing for the sake of proving you can, isn't good writing. Killing for a shock because you can't come up with anything else, isn't good writing. I can tell when that happens...

And you know what? Sometimes a happy (ish) ending is exactly what the doctor ordered, and there is NO SHAME IN THAT.

These ramblings brought to you by a break in novel writing, greyhounds, and the letter G.





In : General 


Tags: streaming  writing 
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You are what you write. Sort of.

Posted by Sherry Roit on Monday, April 20, 2015 Under: General


A quick post with a few thoughts...

Are writers present in their characters?

Of course they are. Even the authors who say they aren't. Even in the nastiest, most-opposite-of-you character. The reason is simple: they are written through our filter of the world. Our POV.  Some characters have more of us in them than others, and I'm sure you can have many discussions on all of the reasons.

Are writers present in their narratives? 

Well of course. Even in non-fiction, no matter how unbiased, once again, we are writing through our POV of the world. It's impossible to be otherwise. As I've said before, we do not exist in a vacuum. Our narratives will have some reflection of what we've experienced in the world around us. It will have our voice.

Another question: What's wrong with an author liking their characters? Even being in love with them? I've seen this used as an insult. Well...harking back to an essay I once wrote, that included bits about how if I can scare myself, I have a much better chance at scaring a reader...If I don't care about my characters, neither will you...

You get the idea, yes? So what if we love some of them so much we can't imagine killing them. We're not all GRRM. Besides. We will if it fits the plot. But in some instances, it just doesn't, even if someone else thinks it does. Killing for the sake of proving you can, isn't good writing. Killing for a shock because you can't come up with anything else, isn't good writing. I can tell when that happens...

And you know what? Sometimes a happy (ish) ending is exactly what the doctor ordered, and there is NO SHAME IN THAT.

These ramblings brought to you by a break in novel writing, greyhounds, and the letter G.





In : General 


Tags: streaming  writing 
blog comments powered by Disqus
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