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Any Resemblance Is (Probably Not At All) Coincidental

January 12, 2010

I got to spend the majority of yesterday and today with some of my favorite real-life main characters, and aside from simply having a magnificent time with them, I discovered an incredibly comforting kind of inspiration. It is one that manifests itself in familiar gestures, emotions, and mannerisms: how a friend cradles her cup of tea early in the morning or the enthusiasm in another friend’s voice when he talks about his poetry; the way a friend leans his head against me while he plays guitar or the brightness of another friend’s eyes when she laughs.

I didn’t take any notes while I was with my friends, nor can I specify or enumerate any particular writing developments prompted by my visit. But I know, viscerally, that having the book in the back of my mind while spending time with people I love was a combination that will prove rewarding. My gut tells me that I have gained a deeper understanding of my characters, that the pictures I paint of them from now will on be infused with more reality, more heart. It’s as if I had a tape recorder with me the whole trip, and now that I’m playing the tape back it sounds like one of those nature sound CDs people fall asleep to. I can’t pinpoint anything I’m hearing, but whatever it is makes me feel confident, relaxed, at peace.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2010 11:52 pm

    It is always great when being around people inspires and watching people while they go about their everyday business can be really helpful to developing better characters.

  2. January 13, 2010 12:24 am

    Wonderful, and I hope that you soaked up those drops of life gifted to you by your friends, and poured it back into your work. Such moments are priceless.

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