Monday, January 23, 2012

You Are What You Write

We've all heard the saying, "You are what you eat." Right?

Well, I've also heard it said, "You are what you write."


At first, I thought, "Oh no. Do I really want to be a serial killer or something?" After careful thought and consideration, I have come to appreciate this saying. I have had a little moment of reflection, and asked myself, "Self, what are you really trying to say with this book?"

I didn't think I was trying to say anything. I created a story that meant something to me for sure, but I wasn't writing it to send a message to anyone. Yet, my story does say something about me. It says I went to law school because I wanted to make a difference, but often times feel I can't even make a dent. It says I believe in our country, our Constitution, our political system, but feel disgusted by its failures. It says despite the darkness we find all around us, I still hope for a better future.

So there's my little self analyzation. What does your book say about you?

22 comments:

  1. My writing is me and it's not. I don't want everything to be about "me, me, ME!" all the time. That's boring. But the overall message in my stories is me.

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  2. I love action and have a sick obsession with death? Or perhaps, unconditional love. Interesting to think about.

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  3. This is such a great post. I don't think there is anyway to get past infusing yourself into your story. All your characters (even your dark ones) are a little bit of you. And even if you don't plan on it every story has a message. What I think is terrible and sad is when people misinterpret what your intent was.

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  4. And then I look at how some of my stories are completely different from each other too. It's fun finding that common thread or a different piece of myself that ended up in that book.

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  5. Until recently I wasn't sure what my book said about me. Other than, I believe in something more. But after tweaking the ending I think my book says-Everyone needs someone. They need family or friends or something beyond themselves.

    Thanks for making me think this morning.

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  6. Hmm - that I believe in love, but that love isn't the way Hollywood says it should be. And that sometimes, doing things for what you think are the right reasons doesn't always work out right.

    And that I might be a little crazy. But not all the way.

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  7. This is awesome Jessie. Honestly, I hadn't thought of it. But now I have some brainstorming to do. This is really cool thinking.

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  8. That's funny, I was thinking about something very similar this week. Namely, why did I decide to write a book about a girl who never ages past 17? I think it's partly because I'm terrified of getting older, and partly because I still feel like I'm 17 most of the time. Even though I was a miserable teenager, there's something wonderful about that age - the future is full of possibility.

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  9. Hm, this got me to thinking. My stuff usually have a protag who doesn't quite know who they are, until things happen and they start believing in themselves. Is this me? Sure, to a degree. I've had a hard time going through my teens, and an even harder time looking for myself, so yes, my own writing resonates with me. How's that for an epiphany?

    Great post!

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  10. A little of me always finds its way into my writing, but is usually incorporated so well (I like to think) that it's near impossible to figure out what's fiction and what's real. I just like telling good stories with good messages, or rather, different, non-preachy ways of looking at the world. :)

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  11. Ome of the themes that play out in my story is the ability to be strong when you don't think you have any strengnth. This is me. There have been many situations where I've had to push myself outside my comfort zone and find that I have the courage to do things I didn't know I had.

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  12. Hmm, now that's something to think about. The ease in which I write a certain (unstable) character does unnerve me from time to time... *grins*

    Great post!

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  13. Wow. Self-analyzation. That is deep.

    Okay, I'll try to go there. I guess my book says I think people should have fun, do daring things, get shot at, hang out in freezing temperatures, and be brave enough to save people. Possibly not in that order.

    Seriously, though, I think it says that everyone has incredible strengths. And probably just as incredible weaknesses. And that it really stinks when your weaknesses are of the really visible types. But just because your weaknesses are obvious and your strengths aren't, doesn't mean you can't do some extremely incredible things with them.

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  14. I don't have a book out but all of my writing seems to reflect a huge sense of wanting to know and to understand. Sometimes funny (I hope) and sometimes philosophical and in some cases, even romantic. My hope is that published or not, anyone who reads me will say............hmmmmm.........good point.

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  15. i am not literary, i know that much!
    i like to write adventure, fantasy, humor and all with unpredictable twists!
    i like to entertain and educate, and i think it comes thru the writing...
    great post =)

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  16. Wow. Great post. Makes me have to think...

    I guess mine says that I believe that the majority of the people in this world are good and no matter what people do on a daily basis to try to convince me otherwise, I'm going to stick to my guns. Life is a beautiful thing.

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  17. This is something I think about with each book. A lot of times, things come out in the writing that I didn't mean to come out, and they usually have to do with the things I believe strongest. All of our books say something about us-- but I also love when I read a book and it says something about me as the reader. That's what I love about literature!

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  18. My book probably says that I haven't got a clue about anything, and just bumble along through life :o|

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  19. My stories and each of my characters are a piece of me but they are also themselves too. My book has a lot about trust. I don't know if that's one of my issues or not.

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  20. Great post. My books all say the same thing: I wish there was more justice in the world. Good God let there be some levity among all this darkness and mainly, please let it be possible to survive violent crime and live in its aftermath!

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  21. Well right now, the research I"m doing is totally depressing me, and I have NO idea what that says about me and writing my current project. Maybe it's just that I want to tell stories that I have to, even though it's not easy to do?

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  22. Not sure I want to know! :) But yes, I think we as writers probably put more of ourselves into our novels than we even realize.

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