People have asked me before if real people influence my characters. I would say yes, but to a point.
No single person impacts a character. If anything, many people morph together into one character. Two or three people may become one. If I copy and paste a real person into my novel, that’s not a character anymore, but rather a nonfiction person. Plus, mixing people together makes characters unique and relatable.
But if you’re like me, you don’t realize your characters like people you know until you’ve edited many times.
What about you and your characters? Leave a comment below!