At what point do we give pieces of ourselves onto our characters?
The other night, my best friend swore that my main character, Etta, is me. Why? Because we both like to wear jeans and we like to eat stew. I don't know if that's enough for a convincing argument, so I decided to examine the similarities the two of us:
1. We both watch a lot of TV.
2. We're both brunettes.
3. Etta's father is a physicist. Mine is a physics teacher.
4. Etta lives in Alexandria, VA. I lived there for 10 years.
Here's where the similarities end:
1. Etta has powers. I don't.
2. Etta is/was an orphan. I'm not.
3. Etta goes to a posh private school. I went to public school in a small town.
4. Etta doesn't care for designer clothes. Even though I love my jeans and sweats, I love my designer dresses and heels.
Maybe we do rub off on our characters a bit. Giving little pieces of ourselves into the characters we've grown to love.
What about you? Do you give your main characters some of your own traits?
On the ROW80 front, I've been working on final edits (yes, still) and formatting. I don't have any set word counts, but I've been working on Book 2. Hey, you keep your goals simple, you have simple updates! But classes start back up on Monday, where I'll turn back into Professor Lefeve for the fall semester, which means limited writing on Monday nights and Saturday mornings. This makes my daily goal of writing a bit harder, since all I want to do is sleep!