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#JusJoJan the 2nd/23 – Constellation of characters


As I contemplated what I could write on the subject of Willow’s excellent prompt of the day, I decided to go to the dictionary to see what beyond the stars I could write.

And as I thought about it some more, I came to realize that I tend to write the same sort of characters in all my books. That is to say characters all of a sort that have deep issues. Issues of longing, of hardship, of loves lost.

Some of my characters deal with their issues with laughter—they tend to end up in my romantic comedies.

Some of my characters deal with their issues in a more angsty way, as in my paranormal series, “The Great Dagmaru,” and another dark romance that’s been gathering steam in my imagination.

But they’re all part of a constellation in my mind. They’re with me constantly … perhaps helping me sort out my own issues.


This contemplative post is brought to you by Just Jot it January and Willow! Thanks so much again, Willow, for the great prompt. Please be sure to check out her blog.

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

17 thoughts on “#JusJoJan the 2nd/23 – Constellation of characters

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  2. Love the direction you took with your stars, Linda! 💞💞💞


  3. Love your sidestep with today’s word, Linda!


  4. The best character from books are the ones that help us sort out our own stuff. I collect more every time I read! I like thinking of this rag tag band in my brain as a constellation 🌌 🥰


  5. I find, when I write, anywhere, shared or not, or share a story, here and there, where the guilty OR innocent must be obfuscated for fairness, personal prefs of the one I remember, or Justice, but still, to me, demonstrate a Life Lesson/Epiphany that might hold some use for more than just ‘me’ – sigh – I look at the constellation of characters that come to the page – either from my own ‘brain committee’ and/or to be shared with others, on what I lack, but so admire in others, even while, I realize, I don’t know why/how they are the way they are – I don’t understand how it is so, even though they display it, share the stories of their lives, I still can’t, quite, grasp the full dpth of the story – my “I understand why you would feel that way…” is like ice skating on the tip of the iceberg of another human – often – for, I guess, a long time ago? I had to reconcile within myself, the knowledge of ‘there are many facets of me, so too, for this other person? Many facets and I may THINK I know, or suspect I know, outside looking in, but theres’s a very good change – I do not – truly KNOW! nor will I EVER know ‘all of them’ anymore they may ever know, ALL of me!

    Sigh – the constellation of characters, within and without is, in the end, a never ending story, right? 😀

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    • It is. And though we can really never know other people, I think we can get intimately familiar with the characters in our heads – far more so than other living beings. Because we know what our characters think. 🙂


  6. Lovely point of view, Linda.


  7. I like your books and your characters too 💜


  8. I enjoyed reading your books.


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