There is no doubt that the daily routine of a writer has its ups… and… downs. I keep my eye on the prize of completing another novel and really (and honestly), I try to enjoy the challenge of the journey. It really is all a part of the process.
Everyone is individual in so many ways. Just because people can share some similar traits, mannerisms, and interests doesn’t mean that any two people are exactly alike. I like to think of it as a unique recipe dished out generously to make life a little more interesting.
One of my favorite quotes (Crime Science, Methods of Forensic Detection by Nickell & Fischer) that illustrates individuality perfectly is actually taken from the forensic individual perspective, but I think it can apply to the individuality of fiction writers.
No two things that happen by chance ever happen in exactly the same way.
No two things are ever constructed or manufactured in exactly the same way.
No two things ever wear in exactly the same way.
No two things ever break in exactly the same way.
Everyone, including writers, have a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. If you really take the time to analyze any fictional writing project, you’ll notice subtle if not blatant quirks, and even your own personality traits woven into the story. It could be something like the type of food or candy the main character enjoys to strong political views.
For me, my love for large Labradors, sense of duty to finding missing children, and particular methods to search an old crime scene comes out in my main character. I’m sure there are more traits and beliefs that manage to weave their way into my stories that I’m not consciously aware of at the moment.
Isn’t if funny how these “quirks” are woven into fiction?
When I decided to write the Emily Stone Series, I knew that I wanted her to be knowledgeable about forensics and criminal profiling, but I also wanted her to do what most cops couldn’t or wouldn’t attempt. If I looked deeper into my writing, I started to see some of my personality traits subtly intertwined into the plot and subplots.
Here are a few of my life experiences that definitely had some influence into the Emily Stone character:
- On one of my police ride alongs to get to a domestic call, the patrol car reached speeds over 100 miles per hour.
- On two different occasions from complete strangers, I was threatened with a gun and shotgun pointed directly at me.
- I assisted a police department to find and arrest an individual with a felony warrant.
- Threatened and stalked by a psychopathic neighbor for more than two years.
- After witnessing a serious car accident, I directed traffic until the emergency vehicles arrived.
- Outraged by the number of missing children each day; even more outraged by the estimated number of missing children not reported.
- Feel strongly that law enforcement needs specialized training into cold cases and all types of serial cases.
Even though these aren’t really quirks, but rather experiences, they still manage to influence my crime fiction writing.
What are some of your quirks or experiences that have woven into your writing?
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