Monday, August 16, 2010

Letting My Characters Be Themselves

Sometimes my characters say things I disagree with and do things I never would.  Rarely, I censor them, for example if it wouldn't be that big of a deal, wouldn't hurt the story or take away from their character.  But usually I let them be who they are  This comes with some risk.

If a protagonist says something I disagree with, I worry that my readers may think I would also say something like that.  Oddly, I'm more worried about offending people I do know as opposed to complete strangers.

Sometimes my writing is an outlet for things I believe in.  My characters can't help but reflect my values.  And if my values offend, so be it.  But when, in the act of being themselves, they say something I completely disagree with, that I think may offend others, it's a little scary.

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