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Once upon a time, I couldn’t write an original character without that character being, basically, based on one of my friends. Book the First, in particular, is rife with characters who are not-very-loosely-at-all based on my closest friends.
Since then, I’ve stopped basing characters on people I know directly and actually invent characters, one of my favorite parts of the whole writing thing. My friends don’t, for the most part, fit the things I’m writing now anyway and because I’d still like to have friends, I leave them alone.
But still, I’m a writer and one of my favorite writer sayings is Be Careful, You Might End Up in My Novel. Writers take from real life and insert things into their work. It’s the way it is, peeps. And sometimes–not often, but once in a blue moon–I get insecure about how close a character is to me or to someone I know or if the character is good or bad or interesting or dead boring.
In my new project, in the modern day portion, there is a character who vacuums his outdoor patio. Anybody who knows me knows that I have a neighbor who vacuums his little backyard–yep, outdoors–and it’s annoying. It’s too weird not to use in fiction, right?
I’m trying to decide why this character vacuums outdoors. He’s gotta be OCD, for sure, or maybe he cleans to distract himself or he’s one of those people who finds cleaning to be relaxing? I’m not really sure–so I’m a little insecure about the reasoning I gave to this character as to why he does this.
So, what kind of little real life bits have you inserted into your projects? Do you feel insecure about your characters sometimes?