Yep I’m continuing with the #52weekblogchallenge. In all honesty I was about to go to bed and then remembered that I haven’t done this yet.
How much of myself is in my writing.
Now if I was a horror writer I could say, well a lot of myself does go into my writing. Blood, tears and the occasional spleen. Instead I’m going to have a grown up reply. It’s slightly boring but more accurate.
It really is a good question. I think writers put a lot of themselves into their work. It’s what makes books stand apart, they all have a distinctive voice and no two are the same. Some are strong. Some not so much. I put a lot of myself into my work, for me it’s my sense of humor. My lead characters all have a dry sense of wit.
When I’m feeling off my game, maybe I’m not feeling very well or I’m tired, I find that whatever I write that day is lacking something. It doesn’t draw the reader in and is quite flat. A lot of these things can be fixed in an edit when you see it with fresh eyes. My current story is the sequel to Heartless and I’m editing that before it goes to the editor. Getting rid of repeat or weak words and making it strong. It might sound silly, editing it before it gets to an editor, I mean that’s their job but this is my baby and I want it to be as close to perfect even before it gets to her.