Some made me want to conduct another stream of research just to find out what happened to them, such as the woman who fainted in a department store, not from “lack of food,” as originally thought by police, but because her husband deserted her. Or what did the store clerk of Henry’s Dry Goods do after he walked away from his job and was never heard from again?
- Characters (protagonists, antagonists, secondary)
- Dialog exchanges
- Plot & story ideas
- Flash fiction pieces
Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York, brings his Facebook readers a glance into the lives of random people he encounters on the streets of NYC. Accompanying the photo is usually a quote from the photo’s subject. This photographic peek is often the first and last glimpse we get of these individuals and I’m sometimes left wondering about their lives. Stanton’s bestselling book by the same title, is also great to have on your shelf for when you need some character inspiration.
If you want your characters to feel like real people, why not start with real folks?
Have you ever been inspired by true events or real people when writing ?