Does your character dislike morning just like you? Make her an early bird instead, delighting in the morning dew on her barefeet when she gets the paper.
Does your novel’s grandma have a wardrobe overflowing with pastel colors exactly like your real grandma? Now fill fiction granny’s wardrobe with only black, white, and turquoise.
Does your character remember a teddy bear just like you had when you were a child? Make him remember an attachment to his dead sister’s favorite baby doll instead.
Is the male protagonist in your book a veterinarian just like the dream man in your life? So make him be an acrobat in Cirque du Soleil.
Are your characters too similar to yourself and the people you know? Is your fiction reading too much like nonfiction? Do what’s done in the business world: amalgamate. Merge to form a unique, dominating structure. Find something special about each of your most favorite (or least favorite) people in the world and create brand new, never-before-imagined characters.
Have some fun! You’re a creative writer, aren’t you? I can imagine a lot more interesting things than who I am, thank goodness! I know you’re all super interesting, way more interesting than I am, but I’m sure you can imagine something else beyond what you already know, too!
How much of yourself and the people you know are in your novels? Have you thought about mixing things up?
Have a happy weekend, Zigzaggers!!!