Say, before you develop that character…

Make sure your character is actually fictional. It’s a fact that many of us novelists draw inspiration for our characters from people we know/knew. The trick is to not lift so many of their traits and experiences that they become recognizable, lest said author and her publisher end up in court.

And lose.


Off to Alaska today. I’ll report in as to how many bears I see. I’m guaranteed to see at least one shark.

6 Responses to Say, before you develop that character…

  1. authorguy says:

    If you’re going to base a character on someone real, make them more heroic, not less. That’s what I did in my short story ‘Off the Map’. Normally I wouldn’t base a character on a real person (other than me) anyway, but this was for a woman who won a contest.

    Marc Vun Kannon

  2. NinjaFingers says:

    Its impossible not to be inspired by others. You just have to be careful about it.

  3. angie says:

    Oooops, *gulp*. Thanks for the reminder.

    Have a great time visiting the bears and swimming with the shark!

  4. Webb says:

    Well, there goes my MC’s dog, a lazy tequila drinking rotweiler…

  5. angie says:

    Linkage to your Costco post up at my blawg today. 😉

  6. One of my old teachers persists in asking me to use his real name in my current sub. I told him I couldn’t do it, because the novel is fiction. It’s inspired by actual events, but a lot of it is made up.

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