Draw inspiration from reality I was reading another post about using real people in stories. It reminded me that many writers create new characters by drawing on traits of people they have met and know. I wanted to share a story with you. I worked in an inner city college some years ago, and a few of the lecturers were studying the same course in higher education theory. One of the chaps on the course we all secretly called 'Mr bean' ( I shall use the name 'Robin' for this man) as he reminded us vividly of Rowan Atkinsons comical character. Similar mannarisms, the way he held himself. Anyway, one evening we were at the pub and one of my friends, a rather cheeky young lady asked 'Mr Bean' if he liked comedy. 'Oooh yes' he replied gesticulating wildly. 'I Love a god laugh.' She smiled and nodded and we all chatted about our favourite comedies. Then, she glanced at me and smirked before asking Robin... 'Do you like that Rowan Atkinson?' 'Ohh, funny you should mention him. Do you know, I went to university with him!' We all looked at him... 'Yes, we shared a bedsit for three years, jolly nice chap!' It was clear.... Robin WAS Mr bean, the real life inspiration for the character. Have you guys used real people? Do they know? p.s. How do you edit the bleeping post title?