Apologies for the late post, friends! It was a busy weekend and I’m finally able to post!
A while back ago, I made the comment that I tended to know my book characters better than real people. I meant it as a joke, of course, because as a writer, it’s part of my job creating, developing, and getting to know these characters from beginning to end. But some of the reactions I got were quite comical, as some thought it meant I really, truly was being isolated from real people!
I had to explain that it was a writer joke, and we all had some good laughs over it, but the truth is there is a special bond that develops between a writer (or even a reader, in many cases) and a book character. We see what’s inside their head, we learn what makes them happy or sad, we witness their proudest accomplishments and greatest defeats. And though we know (deep down inside) that fiction book characters aren’t real (unless we’re dealing with historical fiction, lol), we still develop a great love, loyalty, and understanding between them, often similarly like we do with real people.
Though I can’t speak for others, I find myself rejoicing in the fact that I have such a great “relationship” with my characters. Like real people, I learn about myself and others through my interactions with them. And though I can’t replace real people with them (as much as I’d love to get a hug from Marcus Peterson, it’s just not going to happen…*cries*), I can still be swept away on incredible journeys and exciting escapes with every page.
I have fun with my friends and I have fun with my book characters, and I’m happy to say that both have made me into who I am today. Who are some characters that have made a big impact on your life?