Channelling Roland

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I’m not talking about communication with my spirit guide today, although I do try to keep a good relationship going with her and Archangel Rafael on the healing front. No, today is the monthly Insecure Writers Support Group post, and IWSG Day, when we are meant to post a photo of ourselves with the IWSG logo or IWSG swag.

Sadly, my T-shirt fund has been spent on promo swag and medication, so I’m wearing an A to Z Challenge 2015 T-shirt today. But, I can attempt to answer this month’s question.

October 4th question – Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

At first, my answer was, “I never did such an overt thing”. Except I have done and I still do, although it’s more a case of slipping in the odd trait that might be mine, or a comment or thought. So, not quite channelling. I have a habit of giving at least one of my characters in each novel an illness or health condition, such as diabetes – but not multiple sclerosis; although, I wrote two short stories with MS sufferers as the protagonists.

My current WIP, Fates Maelstrom does have a photo-journalist that is a POV character, and he has a momentary crisis over sexual identity; traits that I share with him as well as his ancestral links to the anti-slavery movement. However, he is a mixed-race American with his sights set on a Pulitzer.

Idea – I write him in First Person. But how do I handle his hidden secrets? Make him ‘unreliable’ with a memory problem, like The Joker?



The awesome co-hosts for this October 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!

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24 thoughts on “Channelling Roland

  1. I don’t think I’d make him unreliable with a memory problem. I think I’d make him very careful to avoid certain topics, but let other characters hint at them just enough to make him squirm. And I agree. It’s a great photo.


  2. Great post. When I think of the phrase, write what you know, I interpret it as write who you know. It is hard for me not to include bits and pieces of me in my writing. Those are the things I feel I know best.

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  3. Hm, he could just avoid the topics when he starts to think about them. I do that if I don’t want to think about something or get upset, for example. So there could be little tidbits left like a trail as he starts to think of his secrets, but he would then shut it down or get distracted.

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    • Thanks, Shannon. That might work, although I’m now wondering if using 1st person might make him the central character when he isn’t – the detective is meant to be the main protagonist. She is a 3rd person POV as I don’t feel writing her first for a number of reasons.


  4. Great picture!

    If you did go with first person, I would just avoid the topics and not let him think on them. Maybe just a “Nope, not going there!”

    Best of luck with your WIP!

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  5. I think it’s great that you try to include diverse characters in your stories, specifically folks with health issues. So many folks in RL battle with health issues in one form or another, and yet we rarely see those folks represented in stories. That’s beginning to change, but only just. Thanks for the post, and thanks for hopping over to my site. I look forward to reading more of your posts (not to mention your books). Happy writing to you.

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  6. I really need to get some IWSG swag. I’m thinking we are our own best characters and when we find too much of ourselves in our characters we start to disguise them. Good luck with the WIP.

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