I'm having a fantastic time with my online writing course. This is truly the best hundred bucks I could have spent on my writing. So far we have covered story structure, plot templates (which is a lot more inocuous than it sounds), and character development. The assignments are short and sweet and I have been using my
WIP for all of them. If anyone wants information on it, I will be glad to give it to you.
However, one of the things that has prompted electric shivers in my spine (or is that just a pinched nerve from sitting at the computer too long?) is the idea of "Writing who you know."
Although I understand the benefit of finding authenticity by drawing on what you observe in real life, I also have to say that none of the characters in my WIP are anything like anyone I know. They are purely fictional, and yet are so real to me that I almost expect to meet them one day. I was writing a contemporary story several years ago, set in a place we often visit, and I had the oddest feeling when I went there one day that I would see her restaurant on the street corner where I had placed it. I was actually a little upset, if you can believe it, that it wasn't there.
Because in my mind, it's there!
I really don't know where my characters come from. It's a mysterious thing, almost eerie. But they are there, in my head, nonetheless.