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    Can I include this in a story?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by The Byzantine Bandit, May 25, 2013.

    I once overheard a woman saying something and I'd like to include her as a character in a story I want to write. Since I couldn't mention her name if I wanted to (I don't know who this woman was, only what she said more or less), would it be problematic to make a character based on her?
     
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    Why would it be?
    Authors do this all the time.
     
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    How else does one create ancillary characters? :D Of course you can. I take notes all the time when I'm out and about. I use Notebooks on my iPhone. I'm sure people think I'm texting. I'm actually writing them, the people around me, down for later use. ;)
     
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    Are you saying you saw a woman on a bus and she said something that resonated in you and you're wondering if you can base a character on her?

    There's probably not a written character in the whole literary world who isn't loosely based on someone.
     
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    Yeah, it's totally fine if she's some random person who said something once. I've based characters off people before... It's hard to make them up completely from scratch.
     
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    As long as her character fits the meaning she holds to you :p
     
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    There was an author (can't remember his name for the life of me) I talked to years and years ago who worked as a dealer at a casino so that he could encounter interesting people he could write into his books. :)
     
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    It would be fine.....just as long as you don't use her real name...
     
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    ditto all of the above...
     
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    Thanks! I can quote her more or less word-for-word with no problem, right?
     
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    Of course. It was a conversation you overheard. There's no copyright on something like that. She said something clever or thought inspiring, but she doesn't own that.
     
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    The forum is on a double-post rampage today. :(
     
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    Just quote the bitch already.
     
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    Quoting the woman, try to think about why has she said the words. If you saw her well, connect the appearance with the words, you might create something interesting.
     

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