Monday, July 8, 2019

In July the Insecure Writer's Support Group wants to know what personal traits I've written into my own characters.

Because I'm a day late and a dollar short this month, I am also late for the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog post. This happens on the first Wednesday of every month. I think I got distracted by all the fireworks and the July 4th holiday (yeah that's it!) so I completely forgot about it. I apologize to those readers out there who visited my blog last Wednesday looking for today's belated post.

July 3 question: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)? 

Hmmm. I think a number of things wiggle their way into my characters. The music I love tends to be the music that my characters also love. The books I read inevitably get mentioned in fictional conversations. I suppose I'd even say that my curiosity makes its way into characters in unexpected ways. I tend to be very curious about things that most people overlook. Just the other day while at the grocery store, I saw a plastic pipe lying by the road that had an interesting valve on it, and it intrigued me enough to walk over and look at it. I can't imagine that this kind of behavior happens a lot. Most people who go and shop for groceries are in and out as quickly as possible, and only a rare few would notice or take time to investigate a valve on a sprinkler pipe that didn't belong to them. It's that kind of weirdness that (I think) emerges in my characters.

Anyway, that's all I got for this month's post. Next month is my birthday month, so I think I'll be more on point. There's lots of things I'm balancing this month, trying to suss out how the rest of my summer (and year) is supposed to play out is interesting. I hope that all of you had an outstanding Fourth of July weekend.


  1. No worries on late.
    I'm not very observant, so I would've just missed the pipe.
    Haven't done much with music in my stories, but I imagine there is still metal and prog rock across the galaxy, so the characters probably like it.

  2. I hadn't given a single thought to the IWSG. Good answer.

  3. I think any authors who think their characters don't resemble them in some way are only fooling themselves.

  4. Curiosity is a good thing. It means you're paying attention.

  5. I posted on time, but I'm a week late in visiting around. Its cool that you are curious, and take the time to investigate little things. Makes you observant, good detective traits.

  6. I notice details around me too, but usually it's people and animals I really pay attention to. Most people don't seem to notice much anything but the cells in their hands, so you're a rare one, Mike.