Is There Life After Retirement?

A Big Question for You

Posted on: November 3, 2021

So here’s the thing …

Awhile back I decided to write story based on a recently retired person, and a friend suggested a senior citizen with superpowers. Now I think he was just being funny, but the damn idea lodged itself in my brain and now I have a whole scenario in mind. And since I don’t care about being published, etc. I decided my only goal is to amuse myself and a few of you clowns.

One of most laborious parts of writing (or pre-writing) is character development. Whether or not the writer uses the information or not, he/she must absolutely and intimately know EVERYTHING about their protagonist. Being the lazy person that I am, I’ve decided to simply make the protagonist … ME. That way I already know the character!

Taking my Easy Button way of doing things even farther, I decided to write it in First Person – like I’m just telling you this thing happened. I like easy. A lot.

Of course, I don’t really have super powers and my life/self is not exciting enough for madcap fiction, so I have to invent bigger than life mindsets, events, foibles, etc. right? So far, all good.

But recently an event in my real life imitated a situation in my fake life and it occurred to me …

WHAT IF PEOPLE WHO KNOW ME THINK I’M ACTUALLY DOING SOME OF THE SHIT I MAKE UP FOR THE STORY???!!! Not the superpowers – that would be fun for me to have you think THAT. I mean the events, etc.

So that’s my somewhat paranoid concern. Writers and readers among you – what do you think? Am I going to regret going down this road???

I’m kind of laughing at this, but not entirely. Like: ha ha ha wait.

Talk to me, gang. Here, or wherever you see this.

xoxo,

Marti

Marti raises hand in sixth grade, to the dismay of Mrs. Smith

2 Responses to "A Big Question for You"

Marti, surely the people in your life are wise enough to know (especially after you say it) that you’re a writer and in fiction, everything is fair game. Some concerns may arise, but a simple assurance on your part that it’s fiction should set things right. By all means, model the protagonist after yourself. In my opinion, go ahead and model other characters after friends and family, too. Or piece them together from the intimate puzzles you’re privy to. When I wrote some friends into my half-finished novel (I have a good excuse on the “half-finished” part), I shared my intention to honor them as I made clear that in no way were the characters a reflection of my idea of who they are. They’re still my friends, so I think that worked out okay!
YAY for you! Jump in and be free with your wonderful imagination! ❤ ❤ ❤

I’m with miracarroll–it’s your story, so create however you want. Leave the rest of us wondering which of the (mis)adventures are real, which might be based in reality but are heavily boosted, and which are complete fantasy. I can’t wait to read it!

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  • Debbie: I'm with miracarroll--it's your story, so create however you want. Leave the rest of us wondering which of the (mis)adventures are real, which might b
  • miracarroll: Marti, surely the people in your life are wise enough to know (especially after you say it) that you're a writer and in fiction, everything is fair ga
  • martiwrites: Oh, I'm sure you're right. I figure I lost all semblance of privacy when I gave my cyber soul to Google. My main motivation for this detour isn't th
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