in my earlier exploration. Yeah – that would be big and
in typical Grace Murphy fashion, I didn’t think this one
through, I just blew it.”
~ Guest Post ~
Write What You Know
After publishing my first book, I had an old friend tell me that they felt like they knew me better. I gasped, gurgled and felt like I was going to pass out.
I was not / am not Grace Murphy! At least that’s what I told myself and everyone else. She’s a whiney brat with little to no self-control and a stubborn streak a mile wide. But she’s also a loving mother and a determined fighter for what is right. She’s flawed and… oh so very human.
I think that what makes Grace so relatable is that she’s real. Well, as real as she can be with superhuman powers in a fictional setting.
When I began writing her, I would ask myself – “Nicole, what would you do here?” Sometimes I would write that into the book and sometimes I would do the exact opposite. There is a scene in Huntress where Grace is writing and she’s absentmindedly twisted pencils into her hair while she sits and thinks about a scene. I cannot tell you how many pencils have ended up stuck to my head like porcupine needles just waiting for me to find them.
There are also conversations that my son and I have had almost verbatim. He and I had a conversation about girls. It ended up in a book. It was too good not to write. I can tell you though, that as soon as he’s old enough to actually read my books I am going to catch so much Hell.
Once I’d gotten past this inconceivable horror (People may actually see into me? Good God no!) I began to realize that these personal touches have put an extra level of patina onto the story. She’s weathered and sometimes spunky.
Write what you know – even if it’s a map of your city or creating your characters based on aspects of friends, they bring more realism into your work. They make your characters and plots a little more relatable.
As a flawed human being, I want to see my heroes struggle a little so that I can feel as though one day I too may be able to overcome any obstacle.
With that said, it’s not easy to expose yourself. I still huddle under my desk and rock back and forth before I push the button. The thought of even revealing the tiniest bit of my weaknesses to thousands of readers induces a level of panic in me that I can’t begin to explain.
But on the other hand, those readers will see your strengths as well. You’re a creative being who happens to have entire worlds floating about in your brain. Once you inject pieces of yourself into those characters and places, you get to bring those worlds to life!
About The Author:
Nicole Hamlett is a single mother from Colorado Springs, living in Los Angeles, California. When she’s not writing books she enjoys reading, cooking and video games and can often be caught enjoying indie alternative music.
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