Getting Real

Yesterday I woke up feeling like I had flown on the red eye flight twice in one night. I opened one eye in the morning expecting monster sized red veins but surprisingly I looked normal. My body leaned closer to the mirror in disbelief. How did I look normal with all the tossing and turning throughout the night?

At one point, I had to get up and go sleep on the sofa in a cooler room. The sudden rise in temperature caught my body off guard and I couldn’t sleep. I love sleeping in cold weather that requires lots of fluffy blankets. When it was time to face the reality that I would probably spend the rest of the day in zombie mode, I sighed.

This is just another day in the life of me. At least my new face serum works well enough to keep down the puffiness. I made a note to buy some more later this week. Anything that can make me look somewhat presentable after a sleepless night is worth the money.

The optimist in me was thankful that life is never normal or boring for too long because then I wouldn’t have as much material to pour into my books. Sometimes, those zombie or not so normal moments make it into a chapter for one of my characters. I know that I like reading books that have something I can relate to in my own life.

Characters can have super powers, or not even be human but readers still like connecting to them. Sometimes, we can even feel for monsters in our stories because we’ve all had bad days or wanted to slap someone silly for not being human enough.

I think this should be our prompt for today. Let’s take a look at our characters and ask, how can we make them more human, more relatable, and real to our audience? Write about this for 5-10 minutes.

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~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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