My children love to read. They picked that up from me. They saw me reading every chance I got, or carrying around a book, just in case I had a spare few seconds. I also read to them. Constantly. We go to the library every week or two. They've learned that reading and books are important and loved. It's so amazing when I realize I've had an influence on them, that I've been able to make their lives better.
Unless I haven't.
I've also noticed that they tend to pick up on my more questionable habits. (No, putting books before cleaning is not a questionable habit) They mispronounce words I mispronounce. Whine about things I whine about. I never tried to pass these things on, but it happened anyway because my children were watching.
It worries me sometimes what little things I might be putting into my books without realizing it. Are there unplanned themes that will be apparent to readers? Overuse of a certain sentence structure? Author intrusion? I know that my writing is all me. All the characters are me. But at the same time, they are who they are. I've never written an autobiographical character, Never intentionally put family or friends in my books, but are they creeping in anyway? I guess the only thing I can do, is write the best I know how, and hope that beta readers can call me on the rest.
They say that there are only so many stories, that we have to learn how to tell the story in a new way. In our way. Only I can write the books I write because others would have written the same story differently. I need to trust that I'm putting in the good parts of me, the ones I want to share, and not letting the rest creep in. No matter how I look at it writing keeps coming back to trust. But that's a post for another time.