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, multiple 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.
However, if you’re like me, you don’t realize your characters are based off people you know until you’ve edited the novel three times.
What about you and your characters? Leave a comment below!