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Forgetting I'm Not the Character I'm Writing

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Forgetting I'm Not the Character I'm Writing

Postby DrG2 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:53 pm

The novel I'm currently writing has a character a lot like me, except taller, younger, more handsome, and way more weird.

I keep having to throw away chunks of material because I keep thinking, "Yeah, I'd do that, but this guy wouldn't." He puts up with a lot more crap from his girlfriend, and isn't exactly being proactive about dealing with some things.

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Re: Forgetting I'm Not the Character I'm Writing

Postby MookyMcD » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:12 pm

You're not alone.

I have a hard time remembering the character I'm writing isn't you, too.

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Re: Forgetting I'm Not the Character I'm Writing

Postby updog » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:24 pm

Mooky, how am I supposed to stay grumpy when you keep making me laugh?

DrG, I thought you were an actor. Can't you get inside the character's head? Slip under his skin? See the world through his eyes? I suppose that's kind of nasty, but you know what I mean. YOU are not the character. The character is not you. What's the point of living in a make believe world if you can't be somebody else while you're there?
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Re: Forgetting I'm Not the Character I'm Writing

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Re: Forgetting I'm Not the Character I'm Writing

Postby LilliesCarol » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:45 am

Good one Mooky. The lips almost cracked with the smile it brought to them.
Long, long afterward in an oak I found the arrow still unbroke
And the song from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Re: Forgetting I'm Not the Character I'm Writing

Postby LilliesCarol » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:46 am

Good one Mooky. The lips almost cracked with the smile it brought to them.
Long, long afterward in an oak I found the arrow still unbroke
And the song from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Re: Forgetting I'm Not the Character I'm Writing

Postby James A. Ritchie » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:10 am

More often than not, I [i]am [/i]the character I'm writing. It solves the problem nicely.

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Re: Forgetting I'm Not the Character I'm Writing

Postby robjvargas » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:29 am

There are times when I feel like a character actor, having to dive into some or even all of the characteristics of someone in the book in order to write about him or her. And since a couple of my tales have been rather dark, it's been pretty disturbing.

And it's a dark tale in my head for NaNoWriMo this year. I'm more than a bit worried about all the dark characters I'm seeing for that.
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Re: Forgetting I'm Not the Character I'm Writing

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Re: Forgetting I'm Not the Character I'm Writing

Postby Metilda » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:40 pm

:lol:

Well - The only thing I have in common with my MC is our penchant for home improvement. . . on which we disagree heavily on how to go about doing things. If it was up to me and my approach, her poop unicorns and rainbows would never get finished.

I actually have a post it note on my computer screen that says "She is ORGANIZED and A WORKAHOLIC" so I don't forget - because I am neither and I keep forgetting that she would NOT get distracted, she would NOT put it off, and she most certain would NOT just walk away.

Maybe something like that - in your face - will help you out.

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