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The Character Brain
November 15th, 2014 by Coral

Alright, so today I’m going to talk about characters and their brains. Characters are fun, character’s are awesome, and more often than not they take on a life of their own once the story gets going. Without characters, there is no story.  But where do we get these characters?

I mean, after all, we are only one person inside our brains. We can only come up with so many variations of just ourselves. To get the numerous characters required to create a realistic world, writers are constantly pulling from other people around them.  “Stealing” isn’t the right word for it, no, don’t get confused with that.  I’ve met some writers, indeed, I used to worry about this myself, that worry that their characters will be recognized for “who they really are” if they use real people as inspiration.

Well, okay, this could be a valid concern. If you literally take the person and stick them in your story. This is, however, very hard to do. For one thing, you don’t know that person inside and out like you need to know your characters. For another, in most stories, circumstances will be different than their actual lives were, they literally CAN’T be the same person.

Using components of other peoples personalities is good, necessary, even. Copy and pasting people into books, is bad, if you can even pull it off. Like, seriously, use all that effort to make a new character.

“But that won’t be original!”

Stop right there. That’s the same argument as worrying about stealing. Yes, you can still be original, but you have to draw from your pool of knowledge.  Otherwise, you’re about to write something none of the rest of humanity will understand.

That’s all for this writing thought, have a great day!


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