I took time to think about all my stories, focusing on the heroines, and made a list of what I gave to them.
Now it might have been something like freckles, I have them in abundance so tend to give them to most of my characters too. Then I noticed that I had given away some of my personality traits, my likes and dislikes.
Examples; a whole world was created due to my love of snow; in another book my characters main trait is how tongue-tied she gets in situations.
This is probably why I am so connected to the people I create.
Of course I have characters who are nothing like me, and I love them all the same. My stories would be so boring otherwise, and they wouldn’t reflect this wonderful diverse world we live in.
As writers is it common for us to give our characters a piece of ourselves? JK Rowling gave Harry Potter her birthday. Is it a conscious decision? I know that for lots of mine I didn’t even realise I was doing it till later on.
Just an interesting thought that I’ve been left pondering over, and I wondered if anyone else thought it a good or bad thing?
Personally I like the idea because not only will I share my words with others who read my work, but aslo a piece of my soul.