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October 25, 2010

A little of you in each story by Lauren Fraser

Filed under: Writing life — dangerouslysexy @ 04:00
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I was thinking about something a friend was teasing me about a while ago, and it really got me thinking about the characters that I write. She said you sure do like having girls night out. LOL. Now she was completely teasing me when she said it, but it really made me think.

It’s true I really do. I love the connection you get from a group of fantastic friends those people you can count on no matter what. Whether it’s a shoulder to cry while you gorge yourselves on ice cream, or someone to let your hair down with and have a few drinks, or not so few depending on the night.

I like writing and reading about strong women who can look after themselves. Women who don’t need a man to make them feel good about themselves because they are independent and confident in their own way, whatever that looks like. When I look at my female characters they all have a common thread, even when life has torn them down or thrown them for a loop, they still have the reserves within themselves to get back up. And because of that strength they attract a certain kind of man and can hold onto him when the going gets tough.

The physical characteristics vary from book to book but that core strength is always there and sometimes, okay more than sometimes, there’s a hint of tomboy in the female characters, be it that they watch sports, play them or have an athletic build. I honestly hadn’t realized it until my friend was teasing me and now that I’m conscious of it, I’m sure the slight tomboyish characteristic’s will be less noticeable. At least I hope. LOL

But it made me wonder do we all do that? In each book is there a little piece of us in the story? Whether it’s a descriptor of the character’s appearance, their career, a great group of friends or just a favorite drink, is there something that’s you woven in?

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7 Comments »

  1. Lauren,

    Great post! I think as writers we can’t help leave a bit of ourselves behind. I know I do. We tend to soak up things around us, good or bad, and our take on them is interwoven into what we write. It may be unconscious or we may actually be working through as issue on the page. But the thread is always there.

    Comment by Debbie Vaughan — October 25, 2010 @ 04:42 | Reply

  2. For me, I know it isn’t the descriptions as much as the core values I place in every story. They’re all me and what I have lived my life around.
    Nice post, Lauren.

    Comment by DA Kentner — October 25, 2010 @ 12:06 | Reply

  3. Awesome post. And you’re right on. Each character I write contains basic tenets of my personality. I didn’t do it on purpose and hadn’t really thought about it until I read this. But you’re right.

    Comment by Rebecca Ryals Russell — October 25, 2010 @ 12:48 | Reply

  4. Wonderful and very intense look at your writing. I agree we all put a piece of ourselves into the books. Even a piece we wish were like.

    Comment by Judith Leger — October 25, 2010 @ 13:23 | Reply

  5. You’re always so very thoughtful with your posts, Lauren. I love this one. I think with mine, I always (so far anyways) write women who have a strong sense of responsibility. Be it with their family, their job or their unborn baby (No, I’m not annoucing a pregnancy! I have a secret baby plot bunny.) I’d like to think that trait is a part of me. Hmmmm…

    BTW which green-faced gal are you? lol

    Comment by Gillian Archer — October 25, 2010 @ 14:47 | Reply

  6. The literary intellect of the authors on this little space never ceases to amaze me. I took one look at the pic that accompanied the post and immediately Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillian came to mind. The capturing of that spirit of sisterhood is a guaranteed draw. Sex in the City proves it. I’m making a note of you Ms. Fraser. Great Post!

    Cornelle

    Comment by Cornelle — October 25, 2010 @ 21:18 | Reply


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