For as long as I remember I’ve always been the one to make the quips and crack the one-liners – as my school reports will attest. And it dawned on me recently that a lot of the time the jokes are made at my own expense.
So why do we poke fun at ourselves? Is it a form of self-preservation? If I say it then others won’t say it, or think it, behind my back. Or is it because I can say these things without fear of upsetting anyone, because I’m the only one who could take offence?
And what I’ve also noticed, is that there’s always at least one character in my ms with the same trait…..
What about you? Do you regularly give your characters a trait of yours?