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Heroes and heroin – writing a character who has an addiction


Roz Morris says, near the end of today’s re-blog:

“Ultimately, when writing an addicted character, it’s not about the substance/habit or the extreme physical experiences. Concentrate on their personality, priorities, conflicts and other people.”

But, the path she takes to get to those words is packed with writerly wisdom…

Nail Your Novel

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You might remember the terrific question Adam Nicholls asked me about daily wordcounts and now he’s sent me this: May I pick your brain about fleshing out a character? I’m struggling with someone who’s addicted to heroin.

What a challenging subject. It’s daunting to portray a character whose experience is well beyond your own, especially to such an extreme. Here’s where one of my day jobs comes in handy. My freelance gig on a doctors’ magazine means I’ve edited a lot of pieces by people who help addicts. So this is my checklist for creating a plausible, three-dimensional character in the grip of a demonic addiction, whether illegal drugs, alcohol or a habit such as gambling.

Choose your poison

The addictive drugs have different effects. Adam has already decided his character uses heroin but you might want your character speeded up, slowed down, made…

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2 responses to “Heroes and heroin – writing a character who has an addiction

  1. Alexander M Zoltai July 14, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Thanks for writing the post ! :-)

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