Authorism has been said to be when an author puts things that happen in their life into their book. Is this you? Is it good or bad?
The article that I read suggested that authorism is bad in that it takes away from the plot. They stated that when an author includes things that happen in their life in a book, it takes away from the plot. However in my books it adds to the plot. It is an aside but makes up the day of the heroine. For example if she goes shopping or what she eats for lunch. So it is a part of the overall plot and adds some spice. So I don’t think that it’s a negative thing. However if what you write takes away from the plot, then that is not good.
However I looked up authorism and it is the state or condition of being author. Not when an author puts things that happen in their life into their book. So it was misquoted in the article. Go figure!
I have found writing very therapeutic in that some of my dilemmas are reflected in the main characters of my books. It is an integral part of the book since I am trying to raise awareness about mental illness. But also at the same time it is therapy for me. In fact I have started journaling now since my new book has a heroine who has a depression and not anxiety. So I write about my anxiety during the day in my journal. However I don’t write it every day. I find writing the book is taking up much of my life now. I am writing more and painting less.
Cheers! Never give up! Always keep fighting…:)