It's that time again for another week of the #MFRWauthor blog hop. This week's topic is about our greatest strength.
That about sums up how I feel about my strengths.
Like the guilty pleasures post, this wasn't an easy one for me. I think it's way easier for me to point out my flaws for writing than it is to pin point what I might be good at. I personally think I have room for improvement across the board. I personally couldn't list off anything I felt I was strong in so I turned to the feedback I've gotten.
Even using feedback I only had one thing to list; making realistic, relatable characters. I am a down to earth person surrounded by other down to earth people. I lead a fairly basic and simple life. That translates into my writing.
No one's perfect so my characters aren't perfect. They make mistake, wrong choices, even if they think it's for the right reasons. Sometimes they make wrong choices on purpose because they want to. It's a crap shoot really. Bottom line my characters tend to have characteristics of someone people might know or have come in contact with at some point in their lives. I guess that comes from me pulling traits from people around me. My characters are a mash up of the people I interact with so I guess that helps them come across as more 'real'.
Some of the negative remarks I got about my FMC, Calida, was that she was too nice, or trusting, non-confrontational, that no one was like that. But a lot of that came from a close friend of mine. She knows people take advantage of her, she even gets pissed about it, but she won't tell them the things she will vent to me and our other friend about. It's just not her nature no matter how many times I tell her to dig deep to find her inner bitch. It pops out every blue moon, but not as often as it should. She simply rather avoid the confrontation. That was Calida's biggest thing and it was based off my friend.
I guess at the end of the day I want people to read my stories and think, yeah I know someone like that. Fiction is about fantasy, but I still find it enjoyable to be able to see how a situation could play out in the 'real world' if applicable. I want my characters to have quirks. I gave Malcolm allergies. That was based off my youngest son. Now he has allergies to pollen, trees, grass, etc. and I made Malcolm's a pet allergy but it was just a thing that gave him a little extra 'real'. His need to own CDs instead of going digital is from my hubby. The man refuses any digital form of music. In the same token, Malcolm's organization of said CD and DVD collection is also from my husband. Malcolm's shoe and clothes collection is thanks to my sister's boyfriend.
That writing 'rule' people talk about; write what you know, I apply that to my characters. My one strength.
Be sure to stop by the other blogs this week to find out theirs.
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