I Resemble That Remark

There’s a lot to learn when you write a book; even more to learn when you publish it. Not all of the learning is fun, but it’s never boring.


Hey – we resemble that remark!

One of the more interesting things I learned was how much of myself I inadvertently reveal in my writing. It seems I’ve written more than one quirk of my own into my characters. Friends who know me well, point them out: The giant mug of tea, the out-of-control hair, the boring clothing choices and the main character’s propensity to get lost are just a few. It seems I’ve taken the adage, “write what you know” to heart.

Now that I know I do that, and since I’ve already mined my own foibles, I’ll move on to more fertile ground. So in future, if you find yourself reading a book of mine and a character description is a little too close to home, you can raise an eyebrow and say, wait a minute, “I resemble that remark.”

I will, of course, deny it.

Has this happened to you?


About JP McLean

Author of The Gift Legacy, a contemporary thriller with a twist of fantasy that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night sky…
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4 Responses to I Resemble That Remark

  1. Mike Grant says:

    It always happens to me, even if the character is female! The fact that my main character is a combination of a friend of mine and myself doesn’t help, As you said, down to the mug (an Edmonton Oilers coffee mug). I intentionally use a lot of my thoughts and “quirks” as, for me at least, it makes writing them much easier. I have reached that stage though where I have to expand them a little….


  2. bgbowers says:

    Hi JP. I am approximately 40k words into writing my first novel, and, yes, I have noticed several of my own quirks peeking out at me from that first draft. As I rewrite and refine, I modify those traits and quirks that are undeniably ‘me’ and attempt to carve out new one’s that are unique to the ‘character’. Having said that, I think that there is a ‘happy medium’ because I belong to the “write what you know” school of thought.


    • JP McLean says:

      Those small traits and quirks really make characters come alive – it’s hard to avoid the ones you know so well. Good for you for recognizing it though and then carving out new unique ones. Much less embarrassing that way.


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