Sorry for the late post today folks-- been having some internet troubles.
Something very interesting happened to me yesterday. I met one of my characters.
You know that record-scratch sound they use in movies when the main character realizes something that makes them stop in their tracks? Yeah, that was me.
The guy was a costume character at a local theme park. He was dressed in a turn-of-the-century safari outfit and had an impeccable upper-class British accent. When he interacted with me (in the persona to match his outfit, of course), it was like I was meeting someone famous. I was stunned. Words left me.
Here, in front of me, was someone who shouldn't exist-- but he did. Sort of. Even though he was an actor playing another character, he was flawlessly playing MY character. The quirks, the voice, the look-- it was all there.
He must have thought I was the weird one. There I was, star-struck by a dude in a safari outfit. Complete with silly hat. Oooookay, crazy lady.
It was hugely strange, but also really neat, in a way. It was like someone decided to make the movie in my head and I was watching them film it.
And now, I have more material, too!
I know some writers base characters off of real people, but have you ever met one you've made up in real life?
Yes, sadly; my characters are based off real people, and their stories aren't pretty.
But LT, I hope you took lots of pictures, and asked loads of questions; and looked for all the world like a start struck teenager. It would do you both some good.
You dress up like that to be noticed; and as a writer, you can't ignore your intrigue. Like star crossed lovers; the writer and the character come face to face. Its bound to happen. Just be glad you experienced it.
That's weird and also seriously cool. No wonder you were star-struck!
Rick-- there is still time :)
Donna-- Sadly, I left my camera at home, and I was so startled I couldn't talk to him much. I tried to hang around and just watch him interact with other park guests but I felt REALLY creepy after a few minutes of that, so I didn't get my fill. Of course, now I just want to know more.
Fairyhedgehog-- I know! It was so surreal!
It happened to me once when attending a seminar. The presenter walked up to the podium and I gasped. I had never seen her in the flesh before, but she was the embodiment of an important character in one of my novels. My friends couldn't understand until I explained later why I sat there with my mouth open. Luckily, paper and pen were readily at hand so I could jot down details that I could later incorporate into my fictional character. It was an incredibly moving experience.
I've met people who remind me a lot of my characters, and I know exactly how you feel! It's a strange, but very cool experience. :)
Judith-- that's so neat! I only got to interact with this guy for a few seconds each time, but I did watch him like a stalker for as long as I could feasibly hang around.
Michelle-- Totally! I felt like I was in another world for a few minutes.
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