Wednesday, March 16, 2011

People keep sneaking in...

Each week, YA Highway hosts Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival in which contributors discuss a topic on their blogs and invite readers to do the same.
This Week's Topic:

Who have you written into a book? Be honest.

Ooooh this is an interesting one and something i'm wary of doing. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. recently, after much begging, i used my sister's names in a story but only as secondary characters who are completely unlike them - apart from being nice. The closest i've come is when a doctor friend (was my bridesmaid actually) treated my daughter in emergency (We live in a city of 2 million and she was on call at 3am in a public hospital - it IS a small world). My next story had a wonderful, kind doctor with her name.

Usually i try to steer away from real people but I think it's impossible really. A part of me is in every character and they are influenced by the people i know and love/dislike.

What about you?


  1. I agree, it is hard for us to NOT include the people we know/meet in our writing. I mean, the saying is write what you know, right? I usually use a lot of names from people I know and sometimes I will use a small part of their personality to help me round out a flat character. Great post :D

  2. A part of you in every character... I agree. I think that's true, whether villain or hero.

  3. What a sweet way to honor the doctor who treated your daughter. :)

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  5. I've used a couple of friend's name and the book I'm currently writing has one tiny snippet of a few friends. They did just come :)


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