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    Multiple Characters=Multiple Personalities

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by aimi_aiko, Apr 11, 2011.

    I wasn't quite sure where to post this exactly. Though since it relates to writing, I thought I'd just post it here.

    Do any of you feel like (from being a writer) that you develop some of your character's habits and you begin acting like them? While, of course, not realizing you're doing so? I have done this many times and I was just wondering if any of you had done so as well?
     
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    I can honestly say that it hasn't happened-yet. :p But I'm quite happy about that because both of my latest MC has some serious issues, hihi. :)
     
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    It's less that I take bits from their personality, but rather I see positive traits in my characters that make me think, "If I acted a little more like this towards frends/family it would make my life x10 easier." And, sure enough, most of the time it works. The same thing happens when I read a book by someone else too.

    The only time anyone has complained is with my current novel: apparently writing a pseudo-innocent character and having a desperate real-world boyfriend don't mix. Oh well. Not my problem. :D
     
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    Not really... but most of my characters are really bizarre. I'd be arrested if I acted like them.
     
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    I haven't actually acted like one of my characters, but I've felt the impulse to do so. Probably because they contain parts of me from the start.
     
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    not really but my characters tend to be so far removed from my life and demographic.
     
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    Couldn't it just be the other way around, that some of the characters' behaviors are unconsciously based on your own behaviors?
     
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    Actually, yes. I create my characters based upon some of my personality traits.
     
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    This.

    Pretty much all of my characters share some of my traits, so I do from time to time stop and think "Wow, character X in my story would've done the exact same thing. Cool." =)
     
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    I've acted like my characters on occasion, although it's more just impulsive little actions than anything else. But then again, all the characters I made likely have a bit of my personality mixed with their own, so it's not like I'm going insane, right?

    Right?
     
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    Right.:D
     
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    Shh just don't tell your characters they are part of you. Mine really don't like it lol
     
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    Haha!
     

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