Putting Yourself Into Your Work

I was reading an article in a writer’s magazine today that talked about how this particular author always incorporated a little piece of herself and her life, whether it be childhood or adulthood, into her novels.  They are not autobiographical per say but in some ways each of them give away some aspect of who she is.  I started thinking about the book of novel storylines that I have that I want to work on and realizing that in some ways I do the same thing.  

Now my first novel (The Diary: Succession of Lies) is very much based on some true events that I experienced and worked into the novel.  The second one that I want to get published (When Love Calls; currently awaiting the editing phase) may be a little less based on accurate details but I totally identify with my main character as if a piece of me is in her even though she and I are not really alike.  With the current novel that I worked on during NaNoWriMo and am still working on (Through the Looking Glass) right now is so far a part from any real experience I have ever been through but yet I identify with my main character, Mackenzie, so much.  Now Mackenzie and I are absolutely nothing alike but yet I feel so in tune with her.  

How is it that I can be so in tune with a character that I am nothing alike?  Isn’t it funny how sometimes when you are telling a story you can identify with a particular character that you really have nothing in common with?  But then again that’s the joy and excitement of writing novels.  You get to tell stories that you would probably never actually live through and if you want to throw in a few real life experiences you can do that too.  Until tomorrow…How much of yourself do you put into your stories? 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

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NaNoWriMo Day 9: The End Result

Already I am thinking about the end of the novel before I am even done.  Not the actual ending of the novel because even though I already have that planned out, it is always subject to change by the time I get there.  What I am thinking about in my head is how I am going to market this book and the type of cover I want for it and how to draw as much attention for it as possible.  I’m even teetering with the idea of making this the beginning of a series which could be a marketing tool in itself.  See I have a published novel that was released last year called The Diary: Succession of Lies which I was not very good at marketing and it hasn’t done as well as I would have liked it to because of that and I don’t want my future books to suffer because I didn’t plan far enough ahead on the grander scale in terms of marketing.  Now I do plan on trying to start marketing my already published work even more vigorously (after NaNoWriMo of course) but I can not neglect the need for marketing my books way ahead of time in the future and not waiting until literally the last minute, or even worse, after the book comes out.  But that was a lesson that I have definitely learned and am going to do everything not to repeat.  Until next time…What are your plans for marketing your current novel? 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”

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