If I were a character in a novel


All of us are guilty of adding pieces of ourselves in our work. The hero, the villain or the weird guy in apartment C. I advise you to never knock on his door.

You’ve been warned.

Whatever flavor we choose there’s a little piece of us in every chapter. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem as long as it’s the right piece. Trust me, there are some pieces of us that don’t belong anywhere.

But one day I know I’ll have to write a novel that requires a troubled character. One that continues to make the same mistakes over and over. One that is certain each mistake will be his last and finally, one who ignores the pervious lessons and continues to repeat his previous mistakes resulting in the same mishap.

To find this particular character all I have to do is flip the page to a certain chapter titled – The decade of my 20’s.

It’s okay to be that guy

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Note: The above picture is from the movie ‘The Sure Thing.’ One of the most honest young adult flicks ever made. Perfect writing and acting. If you have time check it out. 

Every movie or book has that one guy who is kind of a goof. He’s probably good at something but nobody knows what exactly that is.

He’s a little loud, pretty clueless and has an uncontrollable attraction to bad choices. But most of all he doesn’t seem to mind.

Sometimes we have to bite the bullet and relive those embarrassing moments. We have to examine that particular chapter of our former selves no matter how cringe worthy in order to write the perfect character.

And that, my friends, is exactly what I did.

My 20’s were not exactly my favorite decade. Sure, I had lots of fun, but I didn’t have much of anything else. It was, shall I say, a time of missed opportunities.  

But instead of complaining I finally decided to put him to use.


Make him work

I’m not sure what the story will be when I use him, but whatever it is he will be easy to find. All I have to do is pick an age- 23, 24, 25……he’ll be there.

I use to think I completely screwed up that decade, little did I know I was creating an endless resource of stories to come.

One of these days I will have to reach out to that guy and thank him. I’ll make sure I catch him on an off day and remind him not to stop.

You’re doing just fine, I’ll say. Keep hitting that wall. Someday a different result will happen.

 Little does he know my compliments are for selfish reasons.

So if any of you have a time in your life you’d rather forget, don’t. Open that vault, dig in and scoop out that old you. Who knows, that old you may very well be the most fascinating character of any book you’ll ever write.

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Happy Friday Everyone!!!   


35 thoughts on “SPONTANEOUS FRIDAY

  1. i don’t really recollect on past deeds when i write, but i know i draw on them sometimes – not necessarily what i did, but how people reacted.My youth misadvanture didn’t happen in my 20s, but earlier – my late teens – and it suits me fine for ya characters. Great post.

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    1. Hi Jina. Thank you. I think in a lot of ways it’s the emotion’s that stay with us. You made a good point with peoples reaction. I didn’t think about it in that way as much as I should.

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  2. You’re right. I believe every writer allows little pieces of themselves to slip into their stories. I’ve done it a time or two and am sure I will moving ahead. As for my awkward earlier youth–ugh!–I’m not so sure I want to go there, LOL. Happy Friday!

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  3. What a great way to make lemon bars out of lemons.

    I’m sure bits and pieces of me show up in all my work. Hopefully my lesser moments will make for better fiction than they did reality.

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    1. It was a 1985 teen flick. At that time there were so many bad movies of this genre. I remember I kept waiting for it to crash but it didn’t. It was honest. It felt so real and it has held up over time.

      Thank you, Teri.

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  4. I was so dumb about some things in my 20’s. I think if I were to write myself as a character at that age, I might want to slap myself! I hope that if there are pieces of me in my characters, those bits and pieces are the better me.

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  5. Flawed characters are the most interesting. I think we’re often conscious of writing our flaws and drew ups into fiction, I wonder if we’re as aware of writing in our strength s.

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  6. A great post, Bryan. Thank you for giving me a good laugh. My 20s were very serious years for me. I was studying to become a chartered accountant and working incredibly hard. I all paid off and I have a good job now. Unfortunately, I have also become quite disillusioned with the corporate world and wonder the meaning of it all. I think I am going through my wild 20s now!

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  7. I love this! You’re right: those past experiences can be used as inspiration. I also think that recalling those moments is an opportunity to make peace with our past.

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  8. Making peace is huge. Think of all the wrong people we followed and things we believed. It’s all part of growing up and coming to terms with those mistakes is a huge step forward. Thank you, Alice. Always fun to talk to you.


  9. What a great way to look at this! I have things in my life I would rather forget haha but know I never could, but this gives me a reason to remember them (other than the classic “learn from your past” bit)

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