How are you today my blazing brethren and sisters-in-spark?
My question for you today is this – is there a character that represents you in any of your stories? Have you selfied in words?
Back when I was young, the first author I ever followed was Stephen King. I had read series like Encyclopedia Brown or Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, but from my perspective I was following the characters’ lives, not reading my way through an author’s body of work. After I had read one or two, I sought out Stephen King’s books intentionally because I liked the way he told a story.
Those of you who have read Stephen King know that he frequently places a character who is an author into his stories and has written himself in on more than one occasion. And it’s not even the Where’s Waldo kind of cameo that he (and M.Knight and Stan Lee) does in his movies. His writer is front and center crying for his mommy or wielding the axe.
Having a chronicler in your story can be important – this happened, but if everybody dies then who is left to tell the tale? – but do they need to be a writer from the start? Does it need to be you?
Another point to be made for having the author character is simple – we live in these stories during the telling, they come from us, they are a part of us. Why should we not be a part of them as well?
What is your take on the practice as a reader? As the writer – have you? Would you?
Voting deadline for Utopia: Inception is Thursday, January 15th quarter to midnight (sorry if I got the date wrong on a previous post). Please read, comment, and vote.
Submission deadline for Utopia: Unity is Sunday, January 25th (also quarter to midnight, and always EST I’m afraid).
Come join in the workshop Kathy is hosting on dialog. If I can get out of the office at a decent hour tonight, I will be working on my dialog exercises to share with the class. Put some time in on yours too.