It’s been a looong time, but I’m joining in the Teens Can Write Too! blog chain again. If you want to join me, trot over to the TCWT blog. They announce the prompt at the beginning of every month and you sign up to get a day. It’s a good way to find other writerly teens. Answer fun questions. Eat virtual pistachios. Good stuff.
I don’t “set out” to replicate someone I know into my books. Because a) that would be creepy, and b) I don’t know anyone with superpowers. (If I did, I’d overlook a).
But, you know how it is, sometimes accidents happen. This is LIFE, blogglings. You only get one, so it’s natural that you’ll draw off what you know. Even if you do it subconsciously.
I’m so sneaky at stealing from real-life, I don’t even realize I do it (I’m good at keeping things from myself). Honestly! It’s usually Mime and my mum who point out what’s inspired me.
– Mum believes I based a talking horse off her (I didn’t! Honest!)
– Mime believes I based a noble princess off her (also, I didn’t).
– The baby brother in our book CANONIC drools everywhere like my nephew did when he was a tot.
– My oldest sister Rachel used to
scarily firmly tell Mime and I not to run down the stairs when our nephew was a light sleeper as a small baby. That made it in my books. (You’re welcome, Rachel.)
– My older brother took a loooong time to grow his first beard (I still tease him about it). My character Micah also lacks this ability. (Heh…heheheh.)
– Speaking of Micah, he’s also short. I’m rather vertically challenged myself.
– I used to live near a rainforest, so my fantasy is set in a jungle.
– I like to hear a song before I play it. One of my characters is the same.
– One of my characters in my fantasy series has an affinity for stripes. Guess what? I looove stripes!
In truth, the person I most steal things from to add into my characters is…me. Because a) I won’t sue me and b) I can have lots of inside jokes with myself through my books.
You DO have to be careful borrowing things from yourself. I’ve written 10 books and it’d be pretty boring if all my main characters were me. (I’m fabulous, I know, but there is a limit.) I take, maybe one, maybe two, things from my life or the people around me and add it in.
Basically, when you’re around me, it IS a risk. Anything you do, or say, (or think) may or may not be used in my novels. And because I do it subconsciously, you never quite know how you’ll turn out once you hit the page.
other writers stealing people’s lives
cait likes to write because she can (literally) do anything she wants. she enjoys the rugged treks through fantasy jungles and the odd cheesecake-flavoured icecream (unfortunately, not in the same setting). she just brought chantress (by amy butler greenfield) home from the library. it looks delicious.