Too Much of Us

 

The Morph

(Always so hard to tell them apart! Lol)

 

Writing ourselves into a story is as natural as daydreaming about the make believe worlds we discover from books, movies and TV shows. I’m sure many of us have thought about what it would be like to know the main characters or live in a world that is full of magic or technology straight out of someone’s imagination. It can be entertaining and exciting to put ourselves among the crowds of people we feel we know so well.

Overall, fan fueled stories and writing ourselves into our fiction is innocent fun, but as Jei and I were working back through our manuscript we realized how detrimental our own indulgence could be. As we reread over our characters we realized that while it was satisfying on a personal level at the time, the characters and story were not well suited for a larger audience. We had inadvertently inserted a majority of our own feelings and personalities into the characters.When we had sat down and decided to write the manuscript, we had no intention of ever making it any more than a spot of co-writing between friends. Unbeknownst to either of us at the time, we were utilizing the characters as a way to express our hidden crushes. While it is now a thing to look back at and laugh, that overall tone and large chunks of our personalities left some pretty significant plot holes, character development needs and a few other large gouges of technical issues that would need to be addressed one way or another.

When we had sat down and decided to write the manuscript, we had no intention of ever making it any more than a spot of co-writing between friends. Unbeknownst to either of us at the time, we were utilizing the characters as a way to express our hidden crushes. While it is now a thing to look back at and laugh, that overall tone and large chunks of our personalities left some pretty significant plot holes, character development needs and a few other large gouges of technical issues that would need to be addressed one way or another.

The hardest thing about going back and attempting to finish the manuscript with such tonal issues and our own personalities inserted within was the fact that we were now attached to the characters and the story to the point of hindering our own creativity. There were multiple instances where we wanted to simply toss it away or just archive it and do something else. It wasn’t until we had our long sit down and conversation about what exactly had happened did we realize that we had grown as writers and that our characters were way too integrated with our personalities. We had to start over.

While it was hard to take everything we had worked on and put it to the side, I have to say that both of us are having an easier time creating and getting into our characters as we look at them as something to create and write about instead of a tool of our self-indulgence. The original manuscript will always be there for us to go over and enjoy, reminiscing over the way we would allow our romantic sides to bleed out or our goofy personalities to take over. But in the end, writing a book is not just for the writer it’s for the readers as well.

 

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