The Urge to Write: My Characters and Me

These past couple days have really been good ones, and that's not because New England has been bombarded with snow, keeping me out of class for several days. It's approaching my birthday, which is February 19, so I guess I have that to look forward to. However, I think the best part has been writing, here, on Protagonize. Just reading the pages of my peers--and new-found friends--has excited me on new levels. I haven't been this imaginative since my first lucid dream, which I talked about in another exercise somewhere around here.

I joined the site last July or August, and I fell in love with it. I mainly worked on Memories in Shadows (which really needs to get finished because a year to write only ten chapters is pathetic), and I had some poetry posted as well. It was really fun and I finally got serious about writing, not just keeping everything locked up in notebooks tossed around my room. High school didn't really care about what story I could tell, and instead focuses on how well I can argue for a cause. I love creating stories in my head, being in my head, and sharing those stories. I felt like no one really cared, and so I never took it to the next level.

However, my friend showed this site (she is a writer herself by the username RoseBrennan), and it brought my love for writing back to the surface. This was before I even started any collaboration too.

When I did start collaborating, I realized how, with every character, there was a piece of my personality that went into each of them. I'd like to muse on each of them:

Daniel (Memories in Shadows): A highly interested person (when the topic does interest him); a representation of my high school transition, where all was well, then fell apart. (I'll explain that some other day).

Arlyn (The Battle of the Elements): Creative and artistic, also very skeptical. Feels like an outcast sometimes, like I used to. The only difference here is that I can't draw for my life.

Fallen (The Supernova Guild): He is very quiet, and usually listens to authority, even if he doesn't agree with what they do. Also the eyes should've been a dead giveaway if you read the first page of this exercise.

Donavan (General Sinestro's Circus of Heaven): He has a child-like wonder when he sees the griffins for the first time. It's also super ironic when I've never had a pet bigger than a fish in my life.

Anyways, I unknowingly threw a piece of myself into each of my characters, and it's interesting to look back as these brain-children, and how their personalities compare and contrast. Writing really is strange, and so is the imagination.

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