Different, yet the same


Okay, so…I’ve started a new WIP.  I wrote a synopsis that’s fairly decent last week (read: sucks eggs. LOL), today and tomorrow I’ll spend writing my chapter by chapter outline, and hopefully I’ll start drafting it by the end of the week. 
My MC is as different from the one in RENEGADE as a tree is to a chicken.  They’re both living things, but there’s no way you’d mistake one from the other. And that’s my characters.  It’s actually amusing to me how different they are, but how similarly they started telling me their story!  It both started with them telling me the first sentence of the book.  I’m hoping that’s a good sign. LOL!
But they’re so different I’m a little worried that people won’t recognize the book as one of mine. 
But then, last night, my daughter was comparing our feet.  And I noticed how different they were.  Not just the size, but the entire structure.  She has dancer’s feet.  I most definetely don’t. But her nose is definitely mine.  Her ears. My husband. But her hair is mine.  I could go on and on about how different she is, yet how much the same. But that’s not the point. 
The point is that no matter how different she is from me, there’s always something I can point out that’s all me. And my characters are the same. No matter how different they are from each other, they’re written (i.e. created) by me. I’m sure people will see enough similarities in my style to know it’s from me. Just like people who see my daughter know she’s mine by her similarities to me.  
And that, to me, is how it’s supposed to be. Each character I create should be different (no one wants to read about cookie cutter characters that are the same from book to book), but yet, they should be the same that they’re recognizable as mine.

One Response to “Different, yet the same”

  1. Cida says:

    Casey I am rather shcoekd that you would choose to make this comment in a public forum. Usually this level of discussion or ignorance is saved for private conversations with like-minded individuals.Asperger’s Disorder or your inference to ADHD are not the disorders du jour as you indicate. I do not know your background or your biases, but based on your brief comment it appears that you do have biases against those who have received a medical diagnosis or do you simply disagree with experts who have determined that these are real disorders. A diagnosis is not just given because it is trendy it is given because there is something about that child that does not meet our identified medical norms and they need additional assistance to be successful in our present culture. You might want to think very carefully about the flip statements you make in your comment regarding Asperger’s or even your inferred reference to ADHD when you claim that thousands of children were tossed Ritalin that to my knowledge have no basis. If you have verifiable information based on research or facts to support your opinion please share this information with us. I would be interested to know how you came by this opinion.If you are stating an unsupportable opinion to diminish the severity of these disorders to others, regarding the students we serve who have these disorders, than you need to take another look at your facts and ask yourself if you can really believe what you stated so callously in your comment.I sincerely hope with the tone of your comment you are not an educational professional and if that school psychologist is stating this about a identified disorder then your school will have many unhappy visits from people like Jen, to show you the error of your biases.Harold