Feb 4, 2012

The author and the character relationship

It is often said that an author will put a piece of themselves in what they write. Whether it's a little, or a lot, a character trait or the city they live in (or grew up in), etc.

Today, this post is about your characters. Special characters that you will hold dear to your heart for years to come.

Now, you might be asking "They are just characters. Are they really that important to authors?"

Yes, they are. Even though some writers, and I'm talking about original fiction, can jump from one character to another sometimes fairly easy, the fictional people they do write about can stay with them for awhile.

I often think of them like an ex, or a friend that you hung out with for a while. You interviewed them, or dated them, however you would like to fantasize about that. Then you wrote their story, mixed it up, let others read it, and you moved on. Sometimes the friendship lasts only months or up to a couple of years.

The longer you work with them, the longer that character will stay in your heart.

I have a few characters that will always be with me, whether I'm still working on their stories or not in the future. Some are quite obvious, i.e. Lucius and Michael. And some are not, i.e. Dillon from Once Upon.

So, tell me, do you have any characters that stick with you as an author? How about as a reader? Are there characters in your favorite books that will stay in your heart - and I'm thinking characters from little known books too?

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