Guest Dabeagle Posted June 7, 2012 Report Share Posted June 7, 2012 I recently exchanged emails with another online writer about his stories. When I do, I frequently include questions or constructive criticism - frequently both. One of my comments to this writer was that their characters seemed so self aware and he replied that he was self aware himself as a child, and such was his experience. This got me to thinking about the old adage about what we reveal in our stories and characters about ourselves. As I ruminated I decided that our different backgrounds would cause characters to flesh out in completely different ways even if we were given the same scene to work with. For instance, let's say that the scene is a boy is playing in the mud of a creek that runs alongside his home. As he builds with the mud and destroys his creations he begins to think how much easier it would be to mold the mud if he had something like a pie pan, of which his mother has in the kitchen. I'm going to take an educated guess and say this other writers character would think this through; that he would have to clean his feet off first if he were barefoot to avoid soiling the floor, or leaving his shoes at the door for the same. Perhaps he might even think far enough ahead to decide that taking one of mom's pie plates was a bad idea and work on a new one. Now, my character, I have no doubt would get the idea of the pie plate and dash inside, grab the plate from the counter and see his muddy prints and either not pay it any attention or shrug and figure he could blame the dog - or not notice his muddy prints at all till the question came up. Me, being eternally unaware (but really pleased with myself when I have a flash of insight) makes for slightly clueless characters. How about you other writers? How does that affect your characters? Any advice to new folks about avoiding rewriting yourself over and over? Quote Link to comment
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