Saturday, 23 January 2010

Quotation Examinations - Are you like your main character?

Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.  ~Goethe


This quotation made me think, how am I like my character?

  1. I like neatness
  2. I love cracking codes (BTW, if you have a cool code you think I can crack, send me one.  You could always try and crack mine: *233231>23233232*3221*31<*33*31313223*11243131>)
  3. I'm smart (not necessarily humble though) 
  4. I drink a lot of coffee
  5. I don't drink a lot of alcohol (actually none, but we won't go into reasons why)
  6. I like my privacy... that being said, I've said too much already. Good-bye.


TirzahLaughs said...

Ah, we do leak into our characters.

--I don't do well with medications.
--I distrust they come off badly in most of my books.
--I am irreverent like a tepid version of Plum.
--I like a little animal in my romantic interests hence the obsession with werewolves.
--I am a little obsessive about food and that shows up.

--I like dogs so I don't shoot them in my stories.

--I'm a klutz so my characters fall down a lot.


Kimberly Franklin said...

That's the beauty of being the author. You can leak all of the funny and embarrassing things that have happened (and that you would never, ever tell anyone about for fear of dying of humiliation) in your life into your and no one will know if it's real or fiction.

: )

Ann Elle Altman said...

Tirz, yeah, I got that from your short story and your plum novel. No matter what, it's difficult not to find our personalities running somewhere through our story, even if it's only our moral code.

Kimberley, I agree. I have often wrote embarrassing things that have happened to me as one of my characters doing it. Only those really close to me, know I'm copying it.


Cat said...

There's a little bit of me in every character. :) The reactions I've gotten from my first POV work in progress have been entertaining, particularly from family members. No matter how many times I remind them 'its FICTION' they still comment on ways my protag is and isn't like me.

Ann Elle Altman said...

Cat, yeah, I get that too, that's why I don't read my work to my family anymore. Any husband or child is always compared with mine.


Anonymous said...

Yup, I'm in my characters. Can't avoid myself. :)


from the desk of a writer

Ann Elle Altman said...

We write what we know and we know ourselves the best.