On The Chain Gang #18 — Who Am I and Why?
My LINK in the Blog Chain
THE BLOG CHAIN…it’s that time again! The ever-wonderful Michelle McLean has posed and intriguing yet difficult question. To find the post be for mine in the chain, check out Sarah Bromley’s blog. Visit Bonny Anderson’s blog to follow the chain.
All Blog Chain members are listed in the sidebar to the right.
My previous Link in the Blog Chain was on the topic of Writerly Advice.
This Round’s Topic is:
Do you choose WHAT you do because of WHO you are? Or is who you are determined by what you do?
Who Am I and Why?
It’s complicated…BOTH! I think we do things originally because of who we are, how we’ve been raised, where we’ve grown up. But as we go through life gaining experiences — good, bad, difficult, easy, indifferent — the lessons learned play a part in what we do. My belief is that we are continually changing, which enriches our personality with depth, and change makes life interesting.
It is with this idea in mind that I write my characters. A character with a singular perspective would be boring as heck to write…and even worse to read. Weaving the layers of environment and experience offers a more realistic persona and chances for growth and emotion in your characters. Multi-faceted characters create innumerous story-lines to follow and explore.
When you have an exciting character to write — it makes writing all the more fun! I love to let my characters run free and show me what they want to do. The challenge when something goes astray from my plans for the story thrills me, and puts my writing skills to the test working through the unexpected twists and turns.
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