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!




57 comments:

  1. Haha! Sounds just right. Love the Gif! Happy 4th and thanks for co-hosting!

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  2. Weird sex scenes? Now that really fires up my imagination! Love your "kiss my ass" writing style. Your comment about DNA cause me to wonder how much control we have over our attitude?

    Thanks for co-hosting this months IWSG blog hop. And cheers to a Happy 4th of July.

    Lynn La Vita @ Writers Supporting Writers

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    1. I more meant it would be weird to have them read a scene featuring a character they think is me, but I suppose the scene itself could be weird as well. I did write it, after all. :)

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  3. "Sarcasm-based lifeform" totally cracked me up! I'm not particularly sarcastic myself, but I appreciate it in others. :)

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    1. Seemed an apt description for some reason. :)

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  4. Thanks for co-hosting. I wish I could write sarcasm better. It makes for great, snarky characters.

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  5. I love witty sarcasm in books! Keep it up!

    Happy 4th.

    Thank you for co-hosting!!

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  6. You, sarcastic? Never.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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    1. Somehow, I think that was sarcasm... (The first part anyway. Probably not the second.)

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  7. LOL. Loved the exchange. I also happen to love sarcastic or edgy characters, so congrats on writing some good ones. Thanks for co-hosting today!

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  8. A sarcasm based life form - I love that! Your post made me laugh which I also love :)

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  9. HA! Love the sex scenes comment! Cracked me right up!
    Your covers are awesome, I need to check out your books now :)

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  10. Yeah, showing sex scenes to critique partners was quite squicky the first time. They're used to it now.

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  11. LOL - that gif!
    I'm also a sarcasm-based life form - which I unfortunately passed onto my daughters (maybe it's genetic? and not learned through hardship?). Sometimes, they have told me other people just don't understand. (This is true. When I say "oh good" sarcastically and people believe I mean it, I just want to ... well, roll my eyes.) Oy, I have the sarcasm gene in spades.

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  12. I'm a member of the sarcasm tribe, as well, so I do use it liberally in my writing. My characters all have some pretty serious flaws in terms of moral/ethical choices and actions, so I certainly hope I don't hear, "yeah, that's totally you" from crit partners. I won't have the sex scene squickyness problem. More of a gruesomely dismembered body squicky problem. Thanks for co-hosting today!

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  13. Yay for being a co-host!

    I give my characters my own traits on purpose, but also, they get in there by accident, too. I don't think we can really help it.

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  14. Thanks for co-hosting, MJ. My characters are everything I wish I could be, should be, would be if I had the guts, money, looks, smarts, LOL.

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  15. Thanks for co-hosting and Happy Belated Canada Day!

    I always think it’s amazing how other people can catch what you’re not even aware of. No matter how close you are to something, like our books and characters. I’d like to think that none of my characters are like me at all. But that’s not true. There’s a little bit of me in almost all of them. And if not there’s a little bit of someone else I know.

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  16. Thanks for co-hosting. Happy Canada Day and 4th of July. =)

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  17. Funny. I have quite a bit of myself in my characters and stories as well.
    Thanks for co-hosting IWSG this month!
    Mary at Play off the Page

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  18. Um...
    um...
    No, really, um...
    My brain is stuck on that Skeletor thing and whether that relates to any sex scenes you may or may not write.
    And I think that's taking "through the looking glass" too far.

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  19. I love humor, even sarcastic. I'm not natural to it so can't make it seem normal. I do steal some of my husband's lines.

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  20. I'm sarcastic as well (when in a good mood, which hasn't happen often recently), so I appreciate sarcasm any time. And, you are funny as well, so I assume your characters are fun to follow and read about. :-) Thanks for co-hosting this month!

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  21. If your characters are sarcastic and a mess, that makes them more interesting.

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  22. Thanks for co-hosting. Nice GIF. Sadly none of my characters are sarcastic.

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  23. Messy characters are best though I don't know how well that works out in real life.

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  24. Heh. Sarcasm is fun. I think only one of my characters ended up sarcastic. You know, I'm surprised my characters don't crack more puns considering how many I use day to day. :)

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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  25. I'd agree that we probably don't write ourselves into our stories with any focused sense of intention, but I think it would be difficult to write totally apart from who we are. Our writing is a part of who we are.


    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  26. Hi,

    In my reader group, one of the ladies swore up and down that the main character was me. I denied it but I never could convince her that the MC was not me personally.
    Thank you for co-hosting.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  27. hahaha I hate when I would write a character too much like me, and my reader (sister) would point it out. *REDO!* hehe

    Also, yes, that gif is hilarious. Thanks for co-hosting!

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  28. Ha! I'm with you on the writing sarcastic characters. Hey, write what you know, right? :D

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  29. Messy, flawed characters are way more fun to read than perfect ones. And a good dose of sarcasm helps everyone deal with the world.

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  30. I love the idea of a sarcasm gene! Thanks for co-hosting!

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  31. I think a lot of things like that are written in unintentionally. It just seems to happen.

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  32. Thanks for co-hosting this month. Isn't it fun to read new blogs?

    People say they can hear my voice in my stories (characters). It's not on purpose. Have a great month.

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  33. "Sarcasm-based lifeform" - what a colorful image. My characters don't do sarcasm, and it is a source of grief for me. I'd love them too, but I don't know how, so neither do they. Because, of course, most of my characters resemble me personality-wise. It's very hard to write a trait you don't have into your characters.

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  34. Sarcasm and Dr. Pepper sound like perfection to me! And I loved the gif, too. Thanks so much for co-hosting this month!

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  35. I love a good dose of sarcasm.
    Thanks for co-hosting!

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  36. I like the sound of a 'sarcasm-based lifeform'. :) Thanks for co-hosting!

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  37. Funny post! Is that gif from Scooby Doo?

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  38. Thanks for co-hosting today, M.J. I was so with you until Dr. Pepper. For me, it was Diet Pepsi. LOL The gif was perfect!

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  39. I'm not sure if them recognizing you in the characters is a good thing or a bad thing. Probably a good thing. It means the characters really come off the page.

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  40. I'm never certain how I feel when someone says, "Is this character you?" or even, "Is this character me?" No?

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  41. I'm always like, "It's not me. She's a fictional character. Jeeze."
    While i my head I'm like, "Well, maybe a little."
    Great post. Thanks for co-hosting!

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  42. When one of my critique group members told her mother she was writing novels, the woman grimaced and said, "But why? Writing is the most naked art." Every time I realize I accidentally "exposed" myself in my fiction I think of that. @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  43. You're my kind of person! haha... I write much of my value system, personal views, my everything, into my characters. I mean, how else can a writer write if they never lived outside of their own head. xD

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  44. LOL both of those gifs are so funny.
    You can't be too sarcastic for me. Your characters are awesome. :)

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  45. Happy Fourth of July, Happy IWSG and thank you for co-hosting this month.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  46. Hey, we all write what we know best. I just hope this doesn't mean all my characters are boring :)

    Thanks for so-hosting this month!

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  47. Sarcasm can make for some great comic relief in tense scenes too! I use it whenever I can. :-D

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  48. Is that...Skeletor??

    Sarcasm is my favorite language. I don't think we can help but let our personal quirks into our characters - that's the perspective from which we're viewing the world, so they will, too.

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  49. Sarcastic characters are always so much fun! That's a great trait for yours to inherit. So is the anxiety, quite frankly. My characters tend to get that from me, too, and it's one of my favorite things to write/draw, LOL.

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  50. I never realized how sarcastic I was until I married my husband and his mother doesn't use much sarcasm. I think she thought I was perpetually cranky.

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  51. I think the gif refers to an episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe where Skeletor took a magic portal to a place and broke it once he went through so that no one could follow him.

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