Thursday, August 9, 2012

On Vicarious Living

I always hear that vicarious living is no good for us. As parents, we should not try to live through our children and their accomplishments or adventures, which begs the question: Is bragging about your children and posting impressive photos of them vicarious living?

(Couldn’t resist.)
And the bigger question: As writers, are we vicariously living through our characters?
I believe we are, in a manner of speaking, and if that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.
I’ve now published five novels, all of which are focused on expatriate characters living overseas adventures full of romance and drama. I don’t have to be directly reminded (though I have been many times through unsolicited feedback) that I am living vicariously through these characters. But if I didn’t, what would my muse do? Sit around and torture me with grand ideas…that’s what.
So I follow my heart and listen to my soul’s voice as I write and write. So far, I’ve received very positive results and lots of wonderful reviews from readers who seem grateful for my passion. My day-to-day life holds its own wonders, but it is my writer’s life that offers a unique sense of fulfillment. For that, I say to all my writer friends out there, “Go on! Live vicariously. It is your art that feeds your soul. Eat it up!”


  1. Great picture!

    What's the point of having an imagination if we don't get to enjoy it? To write good characters, we have to identify with them.

  2. Yay for your daughter jumping! As for living vicariously, sure that's what we do! Isn't that what all creative types do? I think we're lucky to be able to live in our imaginations while we write. And if we're even luckier, we get to share what comes of it with the world. :o) <3

    Great post, Wendy~ <3

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