Who are your characters in real life?


Well, I got my rejection email from the James Jones First Novel Competition yesterday –

“Thank you for sending us “Biomalware.”  We appreciated the chance to read it. Unfortunately, your manuscript has not been selected for the final round.”

A little disappointed but not devastated.  Onward.

I still have plans to research and do a complete re-write of Biomalware, at a more leisurely pace, this summer.  I want to do some serious in depth research into the issue of GMO’s.  I know how I feel about them based on the information I have seen but I want to make sure that the feeling is supported by all the information available.  More research might prove me wrong, bolster my opinion, or just make me more confused.

First comes the short story collection though.  In that vein, I’ve got some that I’ve written that I want to edit and some that I’ve been working on for a while.  I also wanted to write something completely new.  I felt there was a gap in my collection.  I’ve got re-writes of fairy tales, ghost stories and vampire stories.  Basically, it’s a paranormal collection.  What I do not have, is a superhero story.

Then I met the perfect person to base my main character for the missing story on.

Now, we all take aspects of people we know and have known and work them into our characters.  I long ago realized that my perception of who a person is doesn’t necessarily conform to who they think they are or who they really are, which can also be two different things.  I figure I’m creating a character of most people based on my own perceptions and imaginings.  Why not use that in my fiction?

I like to take an actual person that I’ve met but don’t really know and imagine everything else about them.  I’m making up a character based on just a few traits and perhaps a physical description then fleshing that character out in my mind.

Does anybody else do that?

It’s a lot of fun.  Give it a try.  It might just liven up your weekend.


  1. April 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Many of my characters are made up of collective traits of people I know… but the combinations of those traits are rarely accurate to any real person.

  2. neenslewy said,

    May 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Great idea – I think many of us borrow from real life – write what you know or who!

    I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award – I am not sure if you collect awards, some people don’t because they are like chain letters! 😉
    Here’s a link to the post and if you could pingback if you accept it, I’d love to read your answers to the 11 questions!

    • melorajohnson said,

      May 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks! I just saw this. I haven’t received any awards for anything in I don’t know how long, lol. I’ll go see if I can answer the questions. Not exactly sure how to pingback?

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