Hey writing friends!
What would happen if the Star Was trilogies were actually allegories for the writing process? Wonder no more! In our efforts to motivate ourselves to write novels and get them published, we’ve highlighted some characters from Star Wars and how they translate to people we meet in our writing experiences. We’d love to hear about the people in your life that have helped you get to where you are today.
Yoda—Your realistic but trolling mentor.
They’re highly experienced at writing and get to write Star Wars canon novels whether or not you like them. Their methods are a bit off the wall but they’re self-assured on what they want to write and how they want to pass on what they have learned. So probably Chuck Wendig? Probably Chuck Wendig.
Luke Skywalker—The bestselling wonder that made fiction cool.
Back in the day, fiction/fantasy was too nerdy for the average reader. Then comes the Lukes in your life who make fantasy writing a career and becomes a legend practically overnight. They also grew up with people who thought that English majors can’t support a family, so there’s that.
Rey—The sensational new writer that came out of nowhere.
Literally coming from nowhere, the Rey writers are super humble but also wicked clever. They’re writing new fiction that supersedes all tried and true plots and genres. They have so much potential—they just need a literary agent to help show them their place in the publishing world. They’re also super adorable and share uplifting quotes on Instagram.
Kylo Ren—A bit of a self-publishing maniac.
As much as they want to get rid of the pressure to go traditional, they’re not very realistic about modern self-promo tactics. Like, they want to make a lot of money without putting in the work of joining a community, creating ads, or determining their target audience. They might get kind of self-righteous and think they know more about publishing than you do.
Finn—The non-white portion of the writing community.
I mean, there was already one black Jedi in the prequels, so we don’t need anymore, right? Snark aside, the Finns in your life just want to write and publish, but work twice as hard to stand out from the white army of aspiring authors. All the puns intended.
Poe—Published authors who are still super chill with the community.
The Poe Hot Damerons in your life are super well-liked by other writers, traditionally published or otherwise. They lead podcasts, freebies, seminars, and Facebook live videos to ensure other writers make their dreams come true, too. They really have to social media thing down and writers constantly ask them for advice.
Ahsoka Tano—Your writing role model who hasn’t published in a while.
Ahsoka Tanos were the shit back in their day—but life happens! They’ve gone years or decades without putting anything out. They still attend conventions, geek out about books, and revel in the good days. With enough encouragement, they write something new that taps into your childhood nostalgia but reminds you why you liked their stuff more when you were a kid.
Han Solo—Realistic but supportive freelance editors.
A Han Solo is likely a freelance editor who just edits but doesn’t really write themselves. They hang out with and work with enough writers to know publishing trends. Don’t get cocky around these freelancers; they may seem like they’re in it for the money but they’re here to help you however they can.
Leia Organa—The female writers who paved the way for future female writers.
They dug through misogynistic filth to get published back in the day. They still get political and put people in their place on Twitter, but now they lead armies of young writers to break the mold and tell their stories.
Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader—One of the first writers who were sick and tired of traditional publishing and self published.
They publish what they want to write, not what their literary agents thinks is marketable. They have a point but they’re just as zealous as hard-core traditional writers. His self-published bestselling son will mend his heart someday.
Darth Maul—writers who prefer to stick with stable writing jobs.
They’d prefer to write online nonfiction copy, AKA have a stable writing career. However, the desire to write novels puts them at odds with what they’ve been taught about pursuing stable work. You could say Mauls are a bit split down the middle on the issue.
Padme Amidala—Loyal and overshadowed writing group members.
The Padmes were the princesses of your old writing groups. They always turned in their chapters on time, left meaningful feedback, and had a firm grasp on storytelling. However, their zealous team members either copied them or convinced them that publishing wasn’t them for them. They ended up becoming editors instead but could still write good stuff if they felt ready.
Obi-Wan Kenobi—Very talented traditionally published authors of the past.
They keep coming to conventions and encourage younger writers to pursue their dreams. Even though their sass levels are off the charts, they’re not really open to the new social media aspect of promoting books. They have a Twitter because their agent made them get one.
Rose Tico—The insanely popular fan fiction writer.
The Rose Ticos in your life are those kinds of writers that get their start as popular fan fiction writers. She says she’s not a writer, but she has a true fan base that will put yours to shame. She’s super nice about it until you trash talk her OTPs.
Hope you enjoyed this brief writing break! It was really hard to narrow down such a huge character list, so comment below with your own Star Wars additions.