Your Personal Touch: An IWSG Post

Writers and bloggers.

We’re halfway through the year. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Anyway, it’s IWSG time, where I share my stories to the writing world. This month’s co-hosts are Erika Beebe, Natalie Aguirre, Jennifer Lane, MJ Fifield, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor. Thanks for all you do.

Right quick, I want to thank my wife Colleen and my writing friends for all the encouragement they showered on me. I was not in a good place writing-wise and they helped me through it.

Now, on to this month’s question.

What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?

This is an interesting question to answer, as I am working on being a more mature writer. I believe part of that evolution requires not making characters like me in every facet. Mannerisms, likes and dislikes, what makes me happy, sad, irritated, and so forth. However, as I create my characters, I can’t help but to add a certain flair of myself into them. But I’m finding it to be good because it makes them relatable to me, and hopefully, my readers.

One personal trait that stands out above all else is introversion. I’m a relatively shy person. I don’t do well in social settings. And my characters aren’t as confident, either. However, I’m making them not as introverted as I am. But sometimes, it doesn’t always work out that way. But creating them and putting them in situations where there is a certain level of awkwardness inspires me to step out on faith.

Another personal trait—one in which I’m proud to insert—is intelligence. I like my characters to have book smarts. To use logic to solve whatever problem they will encounter. Having said that, I want my characters to have street smarts, too. Not every situation can be processed through book knowledge. I want them to be able to survive in the real world because it’s not always pretty. I also want them to be able to improvise. Think on their feet. Kind of have a “fight or flight” mentality. Hopefully, they will choose the former and use both book and street smarts to pull through.

And lastly, my characters are generally kind. They typically don’t have a mean spirit in them. However, they can come across as being naive and gullible. And that’s something I think needs fine-tuning. There’s nothing wrong with being kind-hearted. It shows they care, but I want them to assert themselves. And sometimes, it means being blunt and somewhat mean. On the opposite side, I don’t want my readers to mistake them as being too aggressive.

So as much as I don’t my characters to be like me, it can’t be helped. But that can be good. But still, it’s good that my characters aren’t EXACTLY like me. I like some variety and I’m sure my readers will as well.

What about you? What personality traits do you include in your characters? Let me know in the comments. I’ll try to respond as soon as I can.

Until next time…


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