Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Pieces of Me (an IWSG Post)

Hello, all!

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group.

(I'm assuming by now that anyone coming here is well-versed in the IWSG, but in the event that you're new, or would like more information or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.)

This month's co-hosts are: Erika Beebe, Natalie Aguirre, Jennifer Lane, Lisa Buie-Collard, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, and some weirdo who calls herself M.J. Fifield.


This month's (optional) question asks, "What personal traits have you written into your characters?"

The answer is...all of them, apparently.

I am a sarcasm-based lifeform. Therefore, my characters all naturally have sarcastic tendencies built into their DNA. Some may be more sarcastic and surly than others (I'm looking at you, Cate...) but yeah. Sarcasm exists in all of them to some extent.

Nia, the main character of my terrible, horrible, no-good, bad romance novel, and Cate, Second Nature's lead, seem to be the worst offenders. They have inspired many an exchange in my critique group that goes a little something like this:

Them: I love that your character does *insert surly, sarcastic action here*. That's such a you thing to do.

Me: But it's not me.

Them: Oh, it's you. 

Which makes me feel bad for Nia and Cate because I am a complete mess. I'm an OCD-ridden, anxiety-prone, control freak who's entirely comprised of inferiority complexes and Dr. Pepper. I really didn't mean for them to be like that, too. 

So if it's true (which I suspect it is), it wasn't done intentionally (beyond the sarcasm, anyway), and all I can do is hope that it at least makes for interesting reading.

And maybe not let any of my critique partners read any sex scenes I might write. That just might be a little too weird. Even for me.

I was looking for a good gif to use here and this came up in the
search results. Don't know what it has to do with anything, but
it made me laugh, so I decided to go with it.

And on that note, I'm outta here. Thanks for stopping by today. I'll try to do better the next time. 

P.S...Happy Belated Canada Day to all my Canadian friends!