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On writing different characters

holde_maide and I were having an interesting discussion on which characters we feel most comfortable writing.

Holde_Maide finds Methos like coming home. I'll resist the urge to quote her on why, since I don't have her permission to broadcast what she said.

Writing Joe Dawson feels like coming home to me, and Methos, much as I love him, is rather intimidating for me. Holde_Maide asked why I thought that might be.

To me, Mortals are always easier because, to a certain extent, we share the same background and perspective. Joe certainly is very American, which also helps. I know, for example, that to Joe the color red probably symbolizes stop, danger, sex. Duncan I'd have to do some historical research to be sure.

Methos? Maybe it makes him think of blood, or his time as a cranberry picker, or that century he spent as a priest of Horus. There is no way of knowing. None.

Methos has these different aspects of himself, which we see at different times in the show. Then there's the fact that, at least in my mind, he lies all the time. As protective coloration. As a competitive sport. As entertainment. There's no telling if anything that comes out of his mouth is true. Now, that leaves a lot of room for authors to create their own visions, hence the many and delightful Methoi of fanfiction. But it's sort of like working without a net.

"The Price of Interference" was the first fanfiction I ever wrote. A Joe Muse just showed up in my head, pulled up a chair, and started telling me what's what. So writing Joe is very familiar and comforting to me.

So, which character(s) are easiest, most comfortable, for all of you to write, and why?


Jan. 17th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
hhmmm. Great question. For me, hands down, Duncan is the hardest character to write. I've very little of Duncan in my (posted) stories for that reason. The unposted stuff has more of him but I'm always nervous. I just don't identify with Duncan. At all. I admire the heck out of the guy, but I find it difficult to get into his headspace.

Joe - I love writing Joe, though I think I use him as an observer of the action a bit too much and neglect Joe as a character of his own.

Amanda - I'm really developing an Amanda fetish. Hmmm. She's just... fun. And with a hidden caring side I like to dabble in.

Methos - Yeah, obviously, he's the one HL character I feel pretty confident with. Maybe because I love ambiguity. I have an inner Methos, who cracks wise (especially while watching tv) which is ironic, because that Methos never comes out in my writing - I almost always write angsty Methos. When I write Methos, I tend to take him in the present - because I think that's where he lives. I don't think he spends alot of time dwelling on the 5,000 years. Yeah, it probably does influence him (and boy do I love reading stories by people who can get that ancient flavor right) but in my mind Methos thinks of himself as not much different from Joe.