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I've just edited an item in my portfolio:
The Castle Wakes  (18+)
A lonely castle holds a dark purpose- inspired by actual events

This one's earned a place in the pantheon of my sick and twisted horror folder- second-place winner of the sure shots contest *Smile*. Give it a read if you've got the time and let me know if you've got suggestions for improvement...
Question: does anyone use grammarly premium and if so have you gotten your money’s worth out of it?
I've just edited an item in my portfolio:
The Devil's Barber  (13+)
Tall Tales Contest
Leaving the house and interacting with other people is a good idea if you like to write stories, correct? Someone convince me...

I can't even convince myself. *Shock2*
Whenever I go out in public I am always observing people. I watch their mannerisms, interactions, and gestures that I can use. I listen to their conversations when possible for little pearls of wisdom. I take note of what they look like for future character descriptions in whatever I write next. To be a great writer, I think you need to be a great observer. Anyway, it works for me.
*Confettir* *Balloong* *Confettib* *Cake2* HAPPY 13TH WDC ANNIVERSARY, TRAILERPARK! *Cakep* *Confettio* *Balloonr* *Confettiv*
Thanks! I wonder sometimes if I had been here regularly for the WHOLE time I've been a member how much stuff would be in my portfolio by now... *Think*
Happy 13th WdC anniversary!
hi trailerpark bodhisattva ,
I just read "Rabbits and Unicorns and I enjoyed it very much.
Thanks for sharing.
Cool! Thx!
I've got a question...

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say a LOT of my characters are based upon people I know, either loosely or not so loosely. Some of these characters may not always be portrayed in the most flattering ways, or they may not be likable at all, but they're authentic and meaty enough that softening them up would be detrimental to the story. It would make them shallow and unrelatable.

At some point, someone you know is gonna read what you've written and recognize themselves. At some point, they may not love what they read. (Or maybe they'll be flattered, but obviously that's kind of a non-issue.)

So the question is, how do you guys smooth this over with your family, friends, acquaintances, whomever? I'm not sure just telling them not to take it personally would be adequate for everyone.

Oh and by the way, thanks for being wonderful, WDC people. You guys are the best. *Smile*

Put this disclaimer at the bottom of all your emails, text messages, put it on your t-shirt, hat, and business cards: "I am a writer. Anything you say or do will end up in a story."
I agree with several of the above. I choose only a few qualities of the individual and mix it with that of another. This way I end up with a character that also has different qualities than the person. Mostly, though, I just don't base characters on any person I personally know.
I've added a new entry to my book, "Confessions of a Cleaning Lady:
         "What's the point?
Some people want to be sedated, some want to be adored. I'll settle for being quoted, for cryin' out loud.
Hi trailerpark bodhisattva ,
Books and Their Covers is a really good story.
Thanks for writing and sharing.

Aaaah! Thanks so much! *BigSmile*