You’ve been there. Don’t deny it.
You’ve read something fictional either on a blog, in a paperback or an e-book by a writer/blogger and thought one of the two things:
Is the writer talking about herself?
Do writers only write from personal experience?
Granted, this may not always happen. Perhaps it is more obvious when the writer is ‘known’ to the readers, either through direct friendship or blogger connections. So one starts assuming that the pain she writes about must be her own or the exuberance she pours out on the blog mirrors her life.
What if the exact opposite were true?
I, for one, actually write a lot of my ‘sad’ work when I am sufficiently recovered from the pain of an incident and can look at it objectively. I rarely rant or post in anger, because I know the repercussions of doing that.
Especially intriguing is the idea of multiple characters in a story. In that situation, how would you be able to tell which character is mirroring the writer? Would a well-etched one be the obvious choice? Or perhaps the writer is projecting the polar extremity of thought in that fleshed out character?
I’ve always wondered and been fascinated by this.
Most often, though, I admire the writing for its own sake and I don’t judge the writer based on the character.
How about you?
Do you, as a writer, model your characters on yourself?
As a reader, do you make any assumptions about writers?
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