Welcome back to the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which has a monthly blog hop on everything related to writing. This month we are discussing if we've ever slipped our own personal information into our character.
Of course, I do. In fact, I do this quite purposely. In each of my heroines, I insert one of my most problematic or 'interesting' character traits or tics. I want to see how it plays it out in different scenarios--how it creates barriers to my character's advancement or unexpected opportunities.
Its a selfish approach to writing, I will confess, because it helps me understand myself better, and gives my greater empathy for others as I see my weaknesses play out on the page. It also allows me to get into my own head and tap into complex emotional-psychological dynamics of the character because I can access my own.
Visit the other bloggers, and see how they answered the question or just what they have to say about this crazy journey we call writing.