Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Charlie's Ramblings (3) How much is too much?

So I been doing a lot of thinking this afternoon, (which will technically be yesterday when I post this since it's already 12:11am) and want to ask the question.. how much should you take from real life when creating your characters and storyline?

I'm sure it's a question that everyone who writes has at some stage come across... unless it's just me.  See, I noticed an ongoing trend with the stuff I write and it seems to coincide with events and things that are going on at that particular time.  Obviously I don't use these events outright but I can definitely tell when I'm having an off day, or can narrow down roughly when I've written stuff.  And when I'm having a real bad day, I tend to kill off characters lol.  Don't worry, when I'm over that mood I, more often than not, resurrect this character by deleting the gruesome scene lol.

There is even some writing I've done where I've based a character on a person/s (which will never see the light of day if I can help it LOL) just to see if I can capture that essence, that unique thing that makes them who they are.

Obviously with whatever writing you do, you're always going to take from experience and the best thing is, if you do happen to create a scene that has remnants of something that really happened (but obviously with fictitious characters etc) at least at the end of the day you can say well, Meh!  It's just fiction don't read into it ;)

What are your thoughts?  How much is too much?  And, have you written someone into your story just to kill off that character to feel better lol?  Come on now, we're all friends ;)

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