A Piece of Me

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!

This month I’m just kind of doggy paddling, so there’s no new insecurity to report. I’m in a holding pattern, waiting for some things to come through pertaining to my writing, and I feel like I’m not going anywhere at the moment. But we all have these times, don’t we? We have to have some quiet moments. We can’t have every day filled with fast cars, flashing cameras, diamonds, and champagne.

…what? That’s not how ALL writers live???

October 4 question – Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

I guess so, in the sense that I always seem to give my major characters some of my own traits, beliefs, interests, and idiosyncrasies. I love to write about Chicago, and some of the places my characters have visited in Chicago and things they’ve done there are things that I’ve seen and done as well. I also wrote a story set in Cleveland (where I live) so there were a lot of personal details in there.

Not myself, but I DID use my best friend as a minor baddie in my Siren Song series–the character even has her name and appearance. I ended up killing her off, and my BFF thinks it’s great. She really loved being in the story, and yes, I did ask her permission before I did it (the third book reveals this information in the dedication).

All of our characters have a piece of us in them, don’t they? (And I don’t just mean when you wish you could punch them in the mouth when they’re not cooperating.)

Today is also Show Us Your Writer Insecurity day! I’m not participating myself, but stop by and check out all the fun pictures from IWSG members!

On Wednesday, October 4 (IWSG Day), post a photo of yourself (or your alter ego) with any of the IWSG swag or with the IWSG logo. Then leave a comment that day at either the IWSG website’s post or the IWSG Facebook post directing us to your photo. (All blog, Facebook, Goodreads, and newsletter members welcome, but photo must be posted on a blog or Facebook to qualify.)

The IWSG site admins will visit each one and pick the top three. Why? Because there are cool prizes involved:

Third place – EBook of A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford, eBook of The Remnant by William Michael Davidson, eBook of Cling to God by Lynda R. Young, eBook of Already Home by Heather M. Gardner, and eBook of Dragon of the Stars by Alex. J. Cavanaugh.

Second place – The entire eBook collection of the Totem series by Christine Rains, eBooks of Princess of Las Pulgas by C. Lee McKenzie, audio book of CassaSeries by Alex J. Cavanaugh, eBook of Black and White by Nick Wilford, and your choice eBook from J.L. Campbell.

Grand prize winner – IWSG website interview, IWSG newsletter spotlight, IWSG pinned tweet for one week, C. Lee McKenzie’s Featured Follower for the month, the IWSG Goodreads book club eBook for October/November, a short chapter critique, and a pair of IWSG erasers.

Author: Megan Morgan

Paranormal and contemporary romance author.

40 thoughts

  1. That’s nice of you to ask permission before using your BFF in your storyline. How do consistently find time to write? Do you do it before or after your “day job” or are you lucky enough to be a full-time writer? Just curious. Keep up the good work!


    1. I would love to be a full-time writer, but alas, I still have a day job. I’m fortunate my job gives me a lot of free time to write. My life wasn’t always that way, but I found the time or made it even then, because writing is my heart and soul.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. I needed a placeholder name for one of my antagonists, so I used the name of one of my coworkers who I don’t care much for. One of these days I’ll change it back, but it feels pretty good to watch him suffer at the end of the story.


  3. I believe that the big thing I is to recognise when you are putting yourself or someone else in your writing. I think you have an amazing BF btw. Not sure I’d want my BF to murder me, even on paper.


  4. LOL on killing off your BFF. My friend ended up in my story as my FMC’s therapist. While I was writing the story she kept saying “I want to talk some sense into her.” So I let her. She even carries her name as well. Well last name anyway since we never learn the first. It’s fun to do and my friend loves her role. My sister said she picked up on some of the traits of the BFF that were hers which she loved.


  5. Your BFF sounds like a great person if she appreciates you writing fictitious version of her as a bad guy and then killing her off. So, you’re in a holding pattern with regard to your writing. Are you taking a full time-out on writing during that time, or do you write other things for yourself just to maintain the habit and state of mind? Thanks for the post, by the way. Happy IWSG day (a day late).


    1. Oh I’m definitely still writing while I sit and wait for an email–I think I’d go crazy if I didn’t! I guess I should have clarified that my ‘holding pattern’ is having a nice long wait for a publisher to get back to me. And so I sit, trying to focus on my work and not drive myself nuts in the meantime!

      Thanks for stopping by!


  6. Setting your fiction in a place you live / lived and love is a great way to introduce your readers to your hometown. Some writers set all their novels in the same place, real or imaginary, and thus put that place on the literary map.


  7. It’s great that your BFF loved being the (minor) baddie in your story! Whereas I had to write a disclaimer into my newest book so my sisters won’t think they’re the sisters in the story. They probably won’t believe me, but it’s true.

    And a couple of my characters live in and around Boston because I’ve made many a trip there, and I like to be able to put those kind of real details into what I’m writing.


    1. Ha! There’s probably a couple people in my life I should put that disclaimer for. I’ve never written too much about people I know, though. If they think it’s them, that’s their problem!

      I’ve never been to Boston, but I’d love to go see it someday–in the summer, of course! I hear they get a looooot of snow there!


  8. Is your website new? It looks great! I have written places I’ve lived or visited before. I also have written places I’ve never been and it’s so much harder!


    1. I changed it up a few months ago, yes! Thank you so much! 🙂

      I totally agree with that! Writing about a place I’ve been is SO much easier, but sticking to only where I’ve been would be really boring–I want to write about other places, too!


  9. I frequently incorporate things from my life into my writing. Over the years, I’ve learnt how to strike a good balance between inspiration from real life and forcing in too much of my own life for no compelling reason.


  10. For my characters I tend to combine and restructure a range of character traits from myself, friends, people in the public eye. Hopefully never enough that it’s too obvious for too many people.


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