IWSG – July 2019

-The soundtrack for today’s writing session provided by the Beach Boys

Welcome to the monthly IWSG blog hop. Check us out HERE, sign up and play along with the best bunch of writers out there.


For any who are wondering about my ongoing heath saga (see last months post), I’m improving, figuring out how to exercise, eat, function with the side effects of my medicine and my illness. My mental health is improving, and I’m starting to feel that writing urge. The blank pages still scare me, but I was able to hand write a few journal entries recently. Getting words on paper helps.

The optional question for the month of July is-  What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?

Looking back at the history of my writing, almost every character/protagonist I created when I was in my late teens and early 20’s was a mash up of my good and bad traits. I don’t think I was ready or able to write outside of myself or at least what I thought about myself. These characters were idealized versions of me (both positive and negatively), and they were also heavy with hyperbole. Looking back, reading the stories makes me a little uncomfortable. The protagonists all shared my political ideology and world view. They looked like me, talked like me, desired the same things out of life. Every love affair was the most important love affair. Each conflict, the ultimate conflict. Any emotional crisis…

Well, you get the point.

I’ve gotten less pretentious, I hope, less judgmental, and hopefully that means better able to write authentic characters. They may still be infused with my personality traits, ones I find interesting or complicated, but I hope I’ve grown enough as a writer to add elements outside of my little world.






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About Ryan Carty

There are some who call me, Tim?

4 responses to “IWSG – July 2019”

  1. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor says :

    I’m so glad to hear that your health is improving!

    I’ve been trying to write characters that are different from myself, but I do find it challenging at times to write what I don’t know/believe/feel.

  2. Jemi Fraser says :

    So glad to hear your health and outlook are improving!! 🙂
    My first characters were ridiculously idealized! So annoying in hindsight. I think now they’re much more realistic

  3. Liesbet @ Roaming About says :

    I think every writer adds bits and pieces about themselves in the books they write. Writing fiction now fascinates me as I think it would be fun to invent characters and use elements of yourself in some of the characters and use different traits in others. I’d like to play around with that one day, as all I’ve done is write non-fiction so far. Maybe when/if I’m retired…

    I’m glad you’re doing better Ryan. This isn’t easy stuff to get through! But, I know you have the support of your wife, sons, many friends, and your Athena. 🙂

  4. Jacqui Murray says :

    Hope your health continues to improve. Those pesky side affects to meds–I hate them. Sometimes I’d rather have the illness.

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