The Inspiration Behind my Book Characters
I love the Family Guy Star Wars episodes because each character of Star Wars is played by a character on Family Guy. The same can be said in my manuscript, Age of Columbia: Uprising.
How I Developed my Book Characters
I picture each character in this manuscript as people I’ve met, and their personalities mirror their real-life counterparts. Needless to say, the gamble here is I’ll be either solidifying some friendships, or permanently tearing down some already burning bridges that have been fueled since I left Weirton, West Virginia for greener pastures.
Sure, this makes character creation rather easy and fun, but once this thing hits publication (I’m taking my time because this must be done the correct way), I might have to be looking over my shoulder twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Forgive me, Friends and Family
So, I’d like to use this blog as an opportunity to tell the world of people I’ve come across in the past I’m sorry if Uprising offends you, but to be honest, this is all done in good humor. I mean, at the very least, you can appreciate the fact your personas jumped out at me from Day One, and I remembered them vividly enough to place them into not one, but several manuscripts and books to come long after Uprising.
You may be doing the same, or, some of us may use an amalgam of people we’ve come across to be morphed into a single character. I did this with a few, too, but only if such people were best friends in real life and inseparable. Sometimes, our main protagonist may serve as an amalgam of all the good people we’ve come across, while the main antagonist serves the same for all the negative people in our lives.
Thank Your Characters’ Real Life Counterparts
The life of the writer mirrors the life of say, the comedian. We seek out interesting people day in and day out and those who peak our interest become our characters. Sure, some of these people may get offended if they happened to somehow come across our book (or even our blog or Twitter account).
So, commend such people and thank them for being such interesting characters in real life that they make just as interesting book characters. Even if they’re in an antagonistic role, it should be an honor for them to serve in your works.
An INFJ’s Love Letter
Or, sometimes we have our hidden messages within our books. That’s okay, and just this past week I told a few friends about a rather unique thing that had happened to me this week regarding one of my main supporting characters.
Better yet, if you were to have say, an author interview, and from my readings, there are tons and tons of them just waiting to help authors get their work discovered, you can even insert a phrase or two and pray they’re listening.
Ah, the life of the Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging (INFJ). We love to use our hidden codes and pray those we love the most break such codes. Or, they can begin by reading our blogs, but these are all the dream scenarios of the INFJ, which rarely work, mind you.
Anyway, back to reality.
Be Proud of Your Persona
If anyone out there reads my work and believe one of my characters is resembling of you, they probably are. Just remember it’s the honor of having such a distinct persona that I decided to include a bit of you into a finite piece of computer code, or if I Print on Demand (which will likely happen and my whole family will realize I’m a Pagan), a finite piece of finite papers bound together by some glue.
It’s truly nothing personal and don’t take offense. Be proud of your persona.