Michael Fedison, author of The Eye-Dancers and the Singularity Wheel, says: “So write. Let your characters lead on. It promises to be a journey as exciting as it is unpredictable.”
I couldn’t agree more even when some of my characters get a little cocky. They’re usually right!
Have you ever wanted to write–or actually written–a piece of fiction that featured characters based on actual people you know? Now, granted–even when we create our characters “out of thin air,” there are elements of people we know in them. Or, sometimes, a composite of several people’s characteristics rolled into one. This may be on a subconscious level–you’re not necessarily trying to base your characters on anyone. But it’s inevitable that traits from some people you know (or you. yourself, as the author) will find their way into some of your characters.
However, that’s not what we’re talking about here. What we’re talking about is . . . you know Jane from across the hall in your apartment complex, and you want to create a character “based” on her. Or perhaps someone from school–a bully, your best friend, a teacher, a nerd–whoever it is. You want to feature them in…
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