Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor
zette@cableone.net

 

Editor's Note: Expressing Yourself

By Lazette Gifford
2006,
Lazette Gifford


Writing is a wonderful excuse to say all the things you wouldn't say in real life -- to be rude, catty, and even occasionally brilliant.  We create characters to assume the qualities that appeal to us in some ways, and even our villains are manifestations of what we see as the worst qualities of being human.  This is true even when the villain isn't human -- we write creatures that we can relate to, for either good or bad.

It's better than any role playing game because you really do get to make the rules... but you have to live by those rules during the book, too.  And sometimes it's hard for a character to continue to be brilliant, especially when the author isn't feeling particularly bright that day.

But we have rewrites, the other part of writing that makes it better than role playing, and sometimes better than real life. 

Writing is your chance to say it all, though.  Throw caution to the wind and use words you wouldn't say in real life, and even let your characters explore the wild side.

So go on -- write some characters that express everything you want to say and do.  Live a little -- at least vicariously.  You may find that the characters are some of the more interesting and fun to write ones that you've created.  And you're readers will enjoy them, too.