#IWSG Blog Hop–Character Part of You?


It’s that time again. IWSG hosts a blog hop the first Wednesday of every month. Writers get to discuss their doubts and fears they’ve conquered, their struggles and triumphs. Even though writing is a lonely activity, it doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through.

Showing vulnerability makes you strong. If you’d like to read more from bloggers who shared their personal experiences, then please click here.

October’s question–Have you ever slipped any of your personal info onto your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

Yes, I’ve absolutely slipped my personal info onto my characters. In fact, I tend to do it all the time on purpose. With my women’s fiction novella, Something’s Amiss, I based the female main character, Poe, off my personality. Children made her nervous, she didn’t want to become a mother, she tried to hide her pain from others, and she pushed Oliver away instead of embracing him. Totally me–that whole pushing people away thing. I really liked Poe. Unfortunately, some readers didn’t like her AT ALL. It made me think they probably wouldn’t like me in real life either 🙂

There’s a scene in Something’s Amiss where Poe was talking to Dominic on the porch. They were reminiscing about their WVU days. Those anecdotes shared between the characters were things that really had happened to me. It was fun sneaking a part of me into the story, knowing I had a secret. The only people who would know were if my readers had gone to college with me and lived in Summit Hall during my resident assistant years.

Another example of slipping my personal info onto my characters–Finia, the female main character of my novella Twisted Obsession, was an accountant. Accounting had been my major at WVU. Finia’s home and neighborhood  in the story was based off my house that I grew up in as a teenager.

It’s fun slipping in my personal information when I’m writing stories, so I’ll probably continue to do so.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

10 thoughts on “#IWSG Blog Hop–Character Part of You?

  1. Fun. I think we all do that on some level. I use bits and pieces of people’s traits all the time. In Not Broken, Malcolm’s carefully organized CD collection is directly from my husband. Yes he organizes them and all our movies alphabetically. Malcolm also has a shoe collection, that’s from my sister’s boyfriend. I could go on and on. It’s fun to slip those things in there because it makes the characters real. Real life folks do those things so it adds depth to the characters.

    • Hey Meka,

      I agree with you–real life folks do those things which adds depth to the characters when you insert peoples’ traits and habits. It’s cool that you added details to Malcolm of your husband and your sister’s boyfriend. Were they flattered?

      Keep smiling,

  2. I hear you. A lot of little things from me are given to my characters. I think it makes them more true to life. It sucks, but the fact that people were reacting negatively to Poe means she was real enough to provoke that reaction. Way better than a forgettable, carbon-copy character! In a weird way, that’s encouraging 🙂

    • Hey S.E.,

      It definitely makes characters more true to life when authors do that. I think it’s cool to add some of your personality, habits, and routines to your characters. I do that with the good guys and villains.

      Thanks for the encouraging words about Poe. Not every reader thought that, only a few. I just assumed it was because in romance it seems like readers want flawless characters. Poe was definitely flawed in her unique way. That’s why I loved her so much and knew the book was better off as a women’s fiction novella instead of romance.

      Keep smiling,

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like that you totally own that your character is based on you. I too think it’s fun to slip in personal stuff, that no one really knows about, but you.

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