Misha is visiting today to talk about how her life - which sounds far more interesting than most! - influences her writing. Visit her at her always entertaining blog, My First Book - Ellen
One of my best friends asked me how my everyday activities influence my writing. It sort of left me gaping. I mean, it sort of follows that my activities will influence my writing.
But it’s more complicated than that. I mean, I do and have done a lot of interesting activities (to me anyway) from ballroom to solo singing to fencing to French and Mandarin. But… none of my characters are dancers. None speak any of my languages. None fence.
The only time that one of my fun activities went into my writing was when I did swordsmanship, dagger-work and grappling… as research.
Does it mean that nothing that I do goes into my writing? No… it just means that the details are finer. I use my language back-ground to build fantasy languages. My fencing experience reminds me of the rush you feel right before you decide to move.
But most of all, it’s the human interactions that give me the most fodder. I don’t put whole people in my stories. Don’t even base characters on people I’ve met.
Rather, I sort of pick up on things, like an aspect to a relationship. Or what I call character twitches. Those little things that goes contrary to what we expect from a person, given what we know.
The fears, the hope. The voices used. I breathe those things.
I take those little bits and wait for my muse to mix them together to make magic.
So that’s how I let my life influence my writing. But I’m more interested in how you do it. What do you find makes its way into your writing more than most? How does your life influence what you write?