Using Your Characters to Improve YourselfPosted: May 6, 2016
As writers we enjoy creating characters. I prefer those on the evil side – like David in the novella Dr. Meg and I just finished. But we also write noble, admirable characters. Sure, they have some flaws, but they are brave, in charge, confident, ethical. They work out, eat right, do their jobs well.
At the same time, we as individuals are often not.
Writers like us tend to be escapist. We live vicariously through our characters. THEY are the ones who are beautiful, wise, confident. We enjoy sitting in our underwear, drinking coffee, eating donuts.
But I wonder…what would happen if I started “pretending” like I was one of my fictional characters? If I adopted in my own life the standards that one of my brave, noble characters displays?
My character has standards I do not have. He watches what he eats. He works out religiously. He is kind even when he is treated poorly. He is noble.
I wonder what would happen if I adopted those same standards? Can I become the heroes I write about? Read about?
I’m ponding this today and I believe the answer might just be yes. Your mileage may vary.