Writing Song of the Day: “You Make It Real” by James Morrison
Once again, it’s Road Trip Tiiiiiiiime! (We luvs us some Jersey shore *fist pump*). We’re going on our weekly trip with our YA Highway sistahs and this week they wanna know:
The purpose of this picture?…
The formula above makes it harder for people we know (who might read it some day) to KNOW we’re writing them into a story/novel. This keeps the peace.
To answer the MAIN question (since we can’t really say WHO), this is what we’ve done in terms of writing people we know in a manuscript:
*Used a lot of our niece’s mannerisms/phrases and general hate for life to shape our YA characters.
*Used names of students/co-workers that seem interesting.
*Used the likeness (i.e. appearance) of co-workers/students/family members/bums on the street.
*Used some character traits (crazy hair; obnoxiously loud voices) based on family & co-workers.
*Used something about students/co-workers that stuck out and based the entire character around it (i.e. an eccentric accent; bright green shoes; skinny jeans etc.).
What about you? How often do the people you meet show up in your writing? And how do you do this smoothly w/out worrying about hurting someone’s feelings?