Psychoanalyzing My Own Writing

I don't actually write with quills, thank goodness!
I don’t actually write with quills, thank goodness!

I may be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that the most famous psychoanalyst himself, Sigmund Freud, said that you can’t psychoanalyze yourself. Despite this admonition, I find psychoanalyzing oneself to be fascinating. After all, know one knows me better than I know myself, right? That’s why I decided to write this post analyzing my own writing. I recently bought some new software for writing (Scrivener, in case you’re interested), so I’ve been in the process of converting my work to the file format this program uses. This has given me the opportunity to examine my work (I may be unpublished, but I’ve written a lot!) and spot strange little trends. So here goes:

  • The vast majority of my characters have siblings. I’m an only child.
  • Most of my characters don’t have pets. I’ve had pets my entire life.
  • Most of my protagonists are women. (In case it isn’t obvious by now, I’m a woman.)
  • However, the protagonist who is most similar to me in personality is a British man. Go figure.

Writing about writing has given me the urge to go work on my fiction now, so I’ll have to cut this entry short.

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