5 Lessons My Characters Have Taught Me
So! I’m going to tell you what each character from When You Were Mine has caught me. Or at least 5 of them…
I don’t know where to begin! I learned everything from this girl. I think the single biggest lesson I got from her, though, is that life doesn’t always turn out the way you think it’s going to—and that’s okay. Because the way it turns out is the way it was meant to, and sometimes it’s even better than what you imagined. You have to keep rolling with it, keep letting go.
When You Were Mine actually began as a story of friendship between Rosaline and Juliet, but I soon realized the tale that needed to be told was not that one. Even so, there is love there, and I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned from Juliet is to not hold grudges. To not seek out revenge. Let the past be the past and just keep moving forward. It’s a lesson I’m not sure Juliet ever gets, but it’s one she definitely taught me.
Oh, Charlie. I must admit I really love this girl. She’s tough. She’s a fighter. She has a past that has made her who she is. I think the lesson I’ve learned from Charlie is that sometimes you have to fake it till you make it. Pretend you’ve got things under control—that you know how to handle it. Because once you do, people start treating you differently. They start respecting you. It’s not a bad thing to sometimes present yourself as being a kick-butt woman who’s got her act together. You just might find you are one!
I love Len, I really do. I feel so connected to him because he’s really the one who shows Rosaline that there is another way—a different path. I think Len has taught me to look beyond first impressions and to understand that sometimes the most profound relationships we have in our life come clear out of nowhere.
Olivia may not seem like the brightest crayon in the box, but there is one nugget of wisdom she has given me—something incredibly key. There is a line in When You Were Mine where Olivia says something like—some people don’t deserve second chances. I found that to be sort of profound because while I believe in forgiveness, absolutely, I also believe that sometimes, someone just doesn’t need to be in your life. Sometimes the best thing to do is to see the past clearly, and not make the same mistake again.
I was thinking about giving a bonus round on Rob, but... I think, actually, he might be the one I taught a little more than he taught me
What about you guys? Anything you’ve learned from the characters you’ve written…or the ones above?