Thursday, December 02, 2010
Relating to your MC
I like this woman, as crazy and neurotic as she is. She makes me smile and gives me hope to not give up when life gets tough. I watch her grow and change and overcome her fears and learn how to love herself and those around her again, despite the consequences.
The woman I’m talking about is my current MC. I know, it’s strange to like the person I’ve created so much. Maybe because part of her is me — yeah, I’m neurotic and a hypochondriac at times, checking out everything I can in a book.
But don’t all of our characters contain a little of ourselves?
And don’t we enjoy the adventures we put our characters in, and spend hours wondering how we might get ourselves out of them if we found ourselves there too?
It’s almost freeing.
You read that right. There are moments in my story where I feel as though I can let go of some of my own baggage when I read how the MC does. I’ll sit back and wonder why I didn’t think of that myself earlier on.
Writing has always been said to be good for you—good therapy. Putting our words on paper and seeing the process always helps us work out our problems.
So today my MC is losing what she wants most. Her business. I can’t wait to see how she’ll cope with this one. Or will she?
What one trait do you love most about your character? Do you have that same trait?