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LovingHer17
Posted: Monday, December 02, 2013 2:13:22 PM

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I just wanna see what do you guys/girls do if you already have created more then one character for a story,then move one to a completely different story do you use the same characters in that story too sometimes?

Do you like putting yourself in your stories?Either if it's a real life experience,or fiction.

I love putting myself in my stories,but i also know that the reader might not always like reading a story with the character in it,unless you add another character personality in the mix.

With me is kinda,can be hard to think of a totally new character personality.I know some people they use personality's that there friends,and family may have and use that to make a character,maybe mix it up a little too.

When I think about it,I guess it can be like if your watching a show and characters from the past sessions make a return to the show.

So I wanna know what do you guys/girls do when it comes to this?
stephanie
Posted: Monday, December 02, 2013 3:29:50 PM

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I've always said that while you might not always PUT yourself in all your stories you will usually FIND yourself in all of them...

Specifically in answer to your question, I DO, in some but not all of my stories, use a recurring and rather faded-jaded rock 'n roller called Danny Kelly whose exploits amuse me to write.

I leave it to my readers to decide quite how much of Danny is based in and around my own life and personality. But I WILL say that I like him and, flawed though he definitely is, he amuses me to write.

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MadMartigan
Posted: Monday, December 02, 2013 3:44:03 PM

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If you're a true writer, you always put a bit of yourself into all of the characters you write. The things you wish you could be, the things you are, the things you open to still be, your hidden desires.

In a way, you are each and everything one of the characters you write. Sometimes these characters are masks and sometimes they speak to your true identity.

That's the beauty of it.
adagio_sabadicus
Posted: Monday, December 02, 2013 4:06:09 PM

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In my stories, there is always some semblance of me. Be it personality, humor or sarcasm. However, I am still waiting for my dragon, wolf or my mailbox alter ego to show up. Maybe I can be a little teapot next. Regaeman Man dontknow Regaeman Man

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Guest
Posted: Monday, December 02, 2013 4:42:32 PM

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All my main male characters have a slice of myself in them. none of my characters are the same unless I'm doing a two-part or saga story. I only put myself fully into a story only when it's an autobiographical piece.
bigbubblygurlnc
Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:24:22 AM

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So far, I put my alter ego in the center of all my stories. Even though I use the same main character all the time, what keeps my stories fresh and interesting is the supporting characters and the different situations that I put my main character in. I see no problem putting yourself in your stories, it is a way to explore your sexuality and boundaries in a safe setting.
Wilful
Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2:16:34 AM

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I don't think you can help but put yourself into your own stories. Even when you're basing a character on someone else, it's your interpretation and your perception of them.

But in answer to your question, I prefer to write in male first person, and it's pretty much me each time. Sometimes it's more of me than others, and I'm reacting, thinking and feeling differently to different situations, but for all intents and purposes, it's me.

I've written a female first person story, which was incredibly hard, because you know, I have a penis. But even then, I injected elements of my own personality into her. I've got to write another one now, with a much younger, emotionally flighty main character. I'll be casting back to when I was a lot more impulsive and knew everything to write her, with plenty of observation thrown in for good measure.

The other characters in my stories, while sometimes based on real people, are really just the stimulus for my main character (me) to react to. I take a lot more licence with them to drive the story.

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seeker4
Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 1:34:31 PM

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I would say that my first person male characters all, by and large, contain elements of myself without necessarily being 100% me. None of them are autobiographical except to the extent that they explore fantasies and desires I have. When I write third person, there is generally a male in there who is my "viewpoint" male and, again, that person will embody some aspect of me or my desires without automatically being me.

As for recurring characters, I haven't done any yet but ideas are floating around for additional stories about some of my characters. In some weird part of my brain, all my characters exist in roughly the same place in space and time and could meet each other at some point but it just hasn't happened yet.


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bethalia
Posted: Saturday, December 07, 2013 2:34:32 AM

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I really don't. I sometimes get feedback from a reader who has picked up on some aspect of one of my stories that reflect one of his/her sexual interests. And they get in touch just to say thanks for the story, or express how much they enjoyed it. But they'll assume that because they found their favorite in one of my stories that I must have that interest as well. I have to remind him/her that Herman Melville never spent a single day of his life sailing the world's oceans in a deranged search for a white whale. So, no, I've never been in one of my stories. Occasionally, an experience of mine, or some aspect of my relationship(s) might inform a character's attitude or viewpoint, but that's about as far as it goes.

Using a character in multiple stories is something I've done. I have a seven story series at smashwords called Taking Chances. Each of the seven volumes is a self-contained story that can stand by itself (although without reading the stories in order a reader might lose some continuity and background). But really the seven volumes are a continuing, much larger story, so characters drift in and out of the larger tale, appearing in some volumes and not in others.
ColletteXx
Posted: Saturday, December 07, 2013 12:34:16 PM

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I have recurring characters, I don't use my name in my stories but there's an element of 'me' in most of them. I try to use situations that I've imagined happening. I think it's important to mix real life with pure imagination, for my stories at least.

I have no problem reading stories where the writer is the main character, but find invented characters often have more substance to them, you try to pad them out, give them characteristics, just make them more believable.
Katje
Posted: Saturday, December 07, 2013 7:09:34 PM

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I do put myself in my stories, I'll admit. The first time I did this was when I decided to write my "Bell Gets Painted" trilogy (yet unfinished). It's based on my own dream/fantasy, so I found it fitting. I'm writing a couple of others on the same vein that I'm working on.

However, I'll agree with a few previous posters, and say that we can't help but put a portion of ourselves into each of our stories. Readers may recognize it, but readers may not, because even though we write erotica, we do still keep a portion of ourselves back. I at least do it, so that I don't drain myself totally as I write.

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Posted: Saturday, December 07, 2013 7:21:36 PM

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sometimes yes, sometimes know. Blondie is a reoccuring character who is very much a version of me. same for kitty girl. other stories, no. I'm writing about someone one, not myself. that said, like other said, you can find a bit of me in all my characters, if you know where to look.

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Shylass
Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 9:55:41 AM

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I wrote three stories that were direct memories. It was partly for the amusement of others, and partly to show others who might be in my situation that they aren't alone.

The rest of my stories usually only contain certain personal character traits, or some physical description now and again. I can't write a made-up story about myself, but I can try to put somebody like me in a story. Those stories never do as well as some of my stuff, but part of the reason why I write is to try to find out how I feel about certain things or explore them from my own point of view, so it doesn't matter if people like those or not.

Generally, the stories I write that do best are ones with characters utterly unlike me. In my work, people don't want to read about people like me, and that's fine. So I don't usually, unless I have something I want to understand or explore.


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Buz
Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 10:11:53 AM

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I wrote myself into a long series of stories, but in other stories I try to explore many other things or characters that are nothing like me. If there are elements of me in those, it's purely subliminal and not on purpose.

ajm45
Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 11:08:20 AM

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I've written five stories and one poem that have been published on here. I made myself a character in all of the stories, mainly because they're my fantasies and things I've dreamed about doing, sexually speaking. I don't really have an issue with using myself as a character, but I do plan on branching out and writing new stories that don't have me in them.

Plus, when I first started writing for Lush, I found it to be a lot easier for me to write about myself. I know what I like sexually and who I am, so it gave my writing some focus and direction. I feel like if I had dived right in and started writing about a bunch of made-up characters, my stories would have been all over the place and very sloppy and hard to follow. Now that I've wrote a bit, I feel like I can better undertake a story with characters and fantasies that I'm making up from the get-go.

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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 11:56:05 AM

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There's a mixture of me and other figures in my stories which are often inspired by either something that actually happened to me or that I might wish had happened to me, or that I would still like to try for myself. But sometimes it's easier to write about it happening to someone else.

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DirtyMartini
Posted: Monday, December 09, 2013 8:01:30 PM

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Wilful wrote:
I don't think you can help but put yourself into your own stories. Even when you're basing a character on someone else, it's your interpretation and your perception of them.



Yeah, I would tend to agree with that...most of my stories here are written in first person, and the main character is ostensibly me...but, not completely certainly...there's quite a bit of liberties taken here and there...I would tend to say my fictional self is somewhat more adventurous than the real life version, for instance...

Heck, if I did half the things my fictional self did, I'd probably be serving a life sentence in a penitentiary somewhere...just sayin'



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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:31:52 PM

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Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no. my series on here, I did put myself in the story with a better lifestyle than I have in real life. The next story I'm working on isn't going to be me, but aspects of my mannerisms and personality will show.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:44:37 PM

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I've never put myself in a story, I guess it just doesn't interest me.

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Magical_felix
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:04:41 AM

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Most of my stories have reoccurring characters in them. The stories aren't really sequels to each other but I like to think that they all exist in the same universe or circle of friends and acquaintances.

My most reoccurring character is one called Melanie. She is the main character in in the first story I wrote about her called, Pin the Tail on the Hoe. She is a secondary character in a sequel to that story called the Sexual Saint. She is later a big plot element in another story I won a contest with called Let Her Eat Cake but never actually appears in it. The same melanie character appears again in another story I placed third in a contest with called Mignonette where she is one of the main characters again. I think this makes writing more fun and it also makes it more fun to read for people that read all my stories. The character has a history and it makes her feel all the more real.

Another character that pops up in my stories a lot is one called christine. She has a whole series called one thing leads to another where she is a main character but appears randomly in unrelated stories I write but that occur in the same universe. She is Melanie's friend in Pin the Tail on the Hoe and is a slutty girl at a party in No Sympathy for Lilly Black.

Those are just two. There are many other minor characters in my stories that are in more than one story. If you notice the same name more than once in my stories it is the same character. I'm very careful about making their personalities the same every time I use them.

I totally recommend writers do this. A lot of the readers won't notice but it will make it easier for you to write when you build up a few characters you can wind up and let loose in your writing. You can focus more on the story rather than trying to invent characters every time.

I'm more than happy to discuss writing when it comes to serial stories, sequels and reoccurring characters with anyone that would like to.



Dirty_D
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:19:24 AM

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Magical_felix wrote:


Those are just two. There are many other minor characters in my stories that are in more than one story. If you notice the same name more than once in my stories it is the same character. I'm very careful about making their personalities the same every time I use them.

I totally recommend writers do this. A lot of the readers won't notice but it will make it easier for you to write when you build up a few characters you can wind up and let loose in your writing. You can focus more on the story rather than trying to invent characters every time.

I'm more than happy to discuss writing when it comes to serial stories, sequels and reoccurring characters with anyone that would like to.




This isn't a bad plan for many writers here. I see a lot of stories that lack good character development and this is one way to really get into your characters head, by having an on going relationship with that character.

Haineko
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:13:40 AM

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I put a little of myself in every main character.

As for reusing characters, only if it's a series which most of my stories are.

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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:25:21 PM

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A different story gets different characters. I think that really good writer's leave a little of themselves in everything they write.
I always start with what I know and expand on it.


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Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013 12:40:55 PM

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Yes and yes
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Well it's usually better that you do. Hell I sometimes write stories and imagine myself in a female's body so I feel like I'm there and get more immersed.

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