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    Hi Susan,

    I love stories whose characters have personality -- people whom I can say I've met but transcribing them from real life to fiction has been an issue for me. Do you have any recommendations on how to transform real people into fictional characters?
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    Quote Originally Posted by susan_frances View Post
    Hi Susan,

    I love stories whose characters have personality -- people whom I can say I've met but transcribing them from real life to fiction has been an issue for me. Do you have any recommendations on how to transform real people into fictional characters?
    Hi Susan, this is a great question. I think all writers base their characters on people they know or have known. My advice would be not to use every aspect of that person's personality but just a snippet. You could even combine traits from several people too. Say for example, one character twists their hair when they talk, or even when they're lying. It could be something that you can use in dialogue too. Maybe they have a word they use all the time. And while characters do have to be larger than life to make them jump off the page, there's nothing wrong with including these little snippets here and there, just don't overdo it. The more readers think hey, this person it just like me, or someone I know, the more you hook them into your story. Hope this is of some help. All the best, Susan
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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieP View Post
    Hi Susan, this is a great question. I think all writers base their characters on people they know or have known. My advice would be not to use every aspect of that person's personality but just a snippet. You could even combine traits from several people too. Say for example, one character twists their hair when they talk, or even when they're lying. It could be something that you can use in dialogue too. Maybe they have a word they use all the time. And while characters do have to be larger than life to make them jump off the page, there's nothing wrong with including these little snippets here and there, just don't overdo it. The more readers think hey, this person it just like me, or someone I know, the more you hook them into your story. Hope this is of some help. All the best, Susan
    Great advice SusieP. I agree 100%.

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