The other day, I was walking down the street. My neighbor, who is the strong, silent, manly type, was cleaning his garage.
To the tune of Celine Dion.
Not exactly what I expected to hear from him. It made me smile, because I felt like that little contradiction helped me get to know him just a bit better. It made him interesting to me. It made me want to base a character on him.
Now, basing characters on real people can be iffy. Charles Dickens did it, and had several relatives who stopped speaking to him. But taking bits and pieces from the people around you helps craft believable, contradictory, fascinating characters. I've got several characters in TUGL that have aspects of friends, coworkers, and family members. It's fun to see how those traits mix with others to make my characters real.
So, my friends, have you ever based a character on someone you know? Tell us about it!