Writing on Wednesday: Writing The People You Know

Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created right here at Bookish Ardour and is for everyone to participate in. Every Wednesday I will post a new question for writers to answer on their own blogs or to answer in the comments. You can be aspiring, you can be published, or just write as a hobby.

All you have to do is link back to this post and leave a link to yours in the comments. Simple! Please remember to leave a proper comment on other’s blogs, and not just an I was here one. Thanks!

This Week’s Question: Have you ever written someone you know as a character in your stories or would you, and why?

My answer – I’ve entertained this idea a few times and then one day I sat down and really thought about it because it’s a nice idea, but what would be the repercussions? This is something I think about when I’m writing anything that has to do with the slightest bit of non fiction, even if it’s from my life, because people can be so sensitive and you never know when someone is going to turn against you.

I’m sure I’m making this sound like I can’t handle criticism, I admit I’m still learning to do that with my writing, but this isn’t about criticism and I can see the difference anyway. Think about the scenario of writing a friend in a story, how often do you see your friends as they see themselves? I can bet it’s rare that it’s not the same and when you’re writing aren’t you going to be honest? How could you not be honest in writing? Aren’t we meant to be writing, not only our imaginations on the page, but what we observe amongst human interactions?

I think if anyone decides to write their friends or family members as a character they’re running the risk of pissing those people off and creating too much discord. On the other hand if it’s a character inspired by someone then it’s a safer bet because the character isn’t how you see this person or meant to be exactly like them, but more like an homage really. Something more like a compliment and that you can work a bit of fiction with, that’s what I’d write.

Next Week's Question: Finding Balance - Most people 
struggle with time management, what have you learnt to 
help find that balance between life, work, and writing?

To submit a question please email bookishardour@gmail.com with
WriWe in the subject title.

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