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Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Thoughts on Writing | 0 comments

G is for Getting Over Yourself

Henry David Thoreau quote - Library Way - NY CityJust a quickie today, y’all. Today is all about getting over yourself.

As a writer, there’s one hard truth you have to learn; one thing you have to face if you’re ever going to have any measure of success and sanity: It’s not about you.

Sucks, huh?

Too often, authors who haven’t quite figured this out can get in the way of their own stories, holding back their characters and keeping their plots from going where the story needs to go. I won’t lie…writing a character totally unlike myself is tough. I’m forever rereading things and thinking, “I would NEVER do that.” But I never go back and change it. Not anymore.

You see, I’m way more boring than my characters. I would never go on some insane revenge quest against a bank robber turned murderer. But the main character in my second book does. I would never ally myself with a cast of con men and hackers while actively hindering an ongoing FBI investigation. But Skylar Montgomery does. And I would never, ever say some of the things that come out of her mouth.

Yet I write her dialogue and interior monologue with a wicked grin on my face.

Once I learned to get over myself and accept that my writing is about the characters, not me, writing books became a whole lot easier. And oh the things these characters will do now that I’ve gotten out of the way. *insert evil laugh here*

Just remember…If you don’t like something a character does, you’ll have to take it up with them. I have no control over what they say or do.

Next up: H is for Hidden Identities

© 2013, Sydney Katt. All rights reserved.

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