The Magic and Mystery Inside of Writing the Struggles and Dilemmas of Your Fictional Characters

In the past nine to ten months, I’ve discovered I wrote the struggles of one of my characters in my most recently finished novella (first draft) are similar to my own personal life struggles.

It was written without my realizing this.

Somehow, we writers must translate what is in our hearts and minds and the difficult circumstances we may be facing in our lives, onto the Word document we’re typing regarding the situations our main character or characters are facing.

Is it part of a healing process?

As we authors know, writing is cathartic. And from the wellness paper I wrote back in college, writing in a journal or creating fiction heals trauma victims, as well.

Continually writing new stories and characters, I believe, we learn more about ourselves and others, and it helps us to grow in every way that counts: spiritually and mentally.

You learn to truly understand yourself and other people.

Literally, when I first started writing again in 2014, the first story I started to write was loosely based on my late teen/early twenties years, and a past romantic relationship I’d seen from my viewpoint and feelings for decades revealed I’d been myopic in my understanding our the relationship. I’d finally realized my former boyfriend’s point of view/side. It had been a great revelation and brought me clarity and peace.

Writing gives balance to an author’s real life.

Authors, leaf through your works and glimpse any areas where you see yourself partially in your main character or other characters and what situations may have mirrored your own presently or in the past.

What did you learn from your writing?

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Delve into Life and Love

 

Greek traditions in a family struggling with connection. A holy icon–the great-grandmother’s treasured heirloom–needs to be recovered for healing. The main character, Marina, must learn what it means to be loved and how to love, as well as to gain self-worth, and overcome fear of her nephew’s illness. This all takes place on the gorgeous Greek Island of Santorini and the Denver, Colorado area. How will a broken family heal? Will Marina have the capacity to dig down deep inside herself to find out who she truly is? Pick up my novel, Passage of Promise, and discover all.

 

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Radio Talk

 

This is my newest radio interview on John’s radio show. There’s a bit of a skipping sound in the call that we don’t know what caused that, but you can hear us well, in any case. Thanks so much, John! Hope you all enjoy listening and learning a bit more about me, my novel, my writing, and other upcoming works.

 

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Pick up your copy of Passage of Promise  via Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

Me with PofP final print copy April 27 2020